Choices: Inner Critic Series | 1 hour Intermediate Hatha Yoga Class | Yoga with Dr. Melissa West 279

by Melissa West on


Namaste-Yoga-Epsiode-279Over the last few weeks, we have become aware that our inner critic has been broadcasting 24/7 on radio station KRAZY and announcing all the things that are wrong with us. We even have DJs like the Inner Pleaser, the Pusher, the Perfectionist and the Rule Maker who have made it their jobs to criticize us on radio station KRAZY.

With the awareness, befriending and accepting our inner critic, realizing that it only wants to keep us safe, we come to the place that we can make a choice. We can choose to see that the inner critic is not us. We can choose to see that the inner critic played a role to keep us safe, but that it doesn’t have to keep running our life.

Now that we have awareness, and an attitude of friendliness and acceptance we can now bring some choice to our inner critic. We have several choices.

We can turn down the volume
We can turn off the radio
We can turn the radio to a different station
We can even learn to change the nature of the programming on this station

First we had to bring awareness to the fact that radio station KRAZY was even playing. The first choice is to accept what your critic is saying rather than fighting it. When you bring this level of acceptance to what is going on you have a choice to detach from it.

The detachment is a choice to turn down the volume or turn off the radio. We have a choice not to listen to the criticism. When we bring the choice to hear the voice of criticism (awareness and acceptance), we can understand with an attitude of loving kindness that our inner critic only wants the best for us (befriending our inner critic), and then with that awareness we have the ability to make a choice, either to turn down the music, turn off the radio or change the station.

Once you have some awareness that you have an inner critic and you have an attitude of friendliness and acceptance that it is part of you, you no longer have to be intimidated by your inner critic. Remember when you start to hear radio station KRAZY playing it is a good sign that you are having some fear, anxiety and vulnerability about living in the world. That is why befriending your critic and bringing loving kindness to it was so important. With acceptance here is some space to stop fighting your inner critic and realize you have a choice.


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Embracing Your Inner Critic: Turning Self-Criticism into a Creative Asset by Hal and Sidra Stone Ph.D.

Embracing Your Inner Critic

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Are you turning down the volume?
Are you turning off the radio?
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Are you changing the programming?

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If you want support in making choice with your inner critic we have classes that will support you in choice and make that simpler on our membership.

From our Postures and Pranayama Library I would recommend

Kapalabhati or Skull Shining Breath – this class will connect you with your strength and confidence. It is all about claiming your power, taking risks, moving beyond your comfort zones and into new territory. This class will connect you with the archetype of warrior and a willingness to go to “battle” to fight for what he or she believes in. All of this helps you to make choices.

A Three Minute Meditation for Prosperity and Self-Esteem – click here

This will help you to change the radio station and the programming if that was your choice.

A 15 minute class to strengthen your aura so that you are stronger to know that you have a choice and you don’t have to be swayed and feel overwhelmed by your inner critic. – click here

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Sending you much love from beautiful British Columbia
May you experience the strength of our mountains
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