letting go of “should”


I’m sure you’ve seen lots of “advice” floating around in books, in the wider media and on social media, all about what we “should” do with our lives and how we “should” live it. We may find some of it helpful while other “advice” is just a way of selling something.  Now, the cynical amongst you who are reading this may say that I’m “selling” yoga. Of course, it would be great if you’d like to come and join one of my classes, but what I’m endeavouring to do is bigger than that.

I want to spread the word about yoga and what it can bring to your life right now. It does not require you to stand on your head or wrap your feet around your head! It really doesn’t. If you breathe, you can practise yoga. You just need to find the right teacher and the right environment for you. I may be that teacher for some, but appreciate I won’t be for others.

At its broadest, yoga is a philosophy for living. That may put some of you off, but, before you dismiss it, just ask yourself if you would like to be calmer, feel more balanced and harmonious and improve how you deal with life in general.

Yoga’s all about finding “you”, being “you”, letting go of the negative and embracing the positive, however they may manifest themselves in your life.

Allow yourself to be in the moment and listen to your body and mind. Allow yourself to let go of all those “shoulds” and “musts” – those ideas in your mind as to how you think you should be or feel. Allow yourself to let go of anything that no longer serves you.

Giving yourself permission to be as you are and allow yourself to acknowledge how you are feeling now. There is no right or wrong.  Acknowledging where you are is the first step to making choices.

That’s one of the reasons why I practise yoga.  It’s also what I’m focusing on in my class here in Twyford  on 11 August. If you want to know more, let me know.

 

©   Sarah Swan  (August 2016)

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