Truth: Inner Critic Series | 1 hour Intermediate Hatha Yoga Class | Yoga with Dr. Melissa West 280

by Melissa West on


Namaste-Yoga-Episode-280Over the last four weeks we have been on a journey of transforming our inner critic. We have befriended, brought awareness, acceptance and choice to our inner critic. If you have not done Yoga 276, 277, 278 or 279, they are prerequisites to this class. This series is cumulative and relies on the knowledge you gained in those four classes to move forward.

Here’s the playlist for the series

Today’s class is about bringing truth to our inner critic, not God or universal Truth with a capital T, but your own personal truth. Know that your truth changes throughout your life and that what is true for you now might be different from what was true for you before. In this class you will be exploring your truth for now and bringing that to your inner critic.

Last week we learned that we had a choice to turn off, turn down or change radio station KRAZY. This week we will acknowledge that we can hear past the voice of our inner critic to our truth. Now when we hear the voice of our critic we can ask that question that Byron Katie taught so well with the work, “Is that true?” We can probe more deeply and ask, “Can I absolutely know that it is true?”

Our members write the most thought provoking and valuable posts on our membership site about their critics. It allows us to go more deeply each week and understand the inner workings of our critics. We have the most thoughtful, intelligent members and I am grateful that their experiences can contribute to our overall learning this week.

Jannie, wrote on the membership site this week that her inner critic spoke up to her while doing last week’s class on choice and told her, “You are clunky today.” Jannie checked in with her body which was feeling stiff and she affirmed her critic’s assessment, with kindness she accepted her critic’s response, “Why yes, I am!”

Jannie said, “It seemed like the inner critic’s “power” diffused when I acknowledged its truth.” Such a beautiful combination of loving kindness, awareness and the choice to bring in acceptance lessened the power of her critic.

Bene explained, in her post that her inner critic the perfectionist and rule maker reared its head this week and let her know that she would be nothing without him! Bene is one of the most thoughtful, caring and compassionate mothers that I know. She is deeply connected to her inner journey through yoga. I have to ask, is that true? Would Bene be nothing without her inner critic?

Hannah, another member has recently changed jobs from a social worker to become a primary teacher. As Hannah says, with that change, her inner critic has been going ballistic. Her inner critic loves to yell, “YOU’RE NOT EVEN A TEACHER – YOU DON’T KNOW WHAT YOU’RE DOING!” One thing I know about Hannah is that every time she writes a post on the membership they are filled with wisdom and I learn A LOT. So I have to ask, Is that true? Can I absolutely know that it is true that Hannah is not a teacher?

One last example, Erika on the membership site wrote about how her pusher and perfectionist keep pushing her to be the ideal role model. Her pusher is pushy! Erika must do yoga, meditation, listen to herself, eat well, smile, be positive and optimistic, keep moving, have a lot of energy, never get depressed and be resilient. So is that true? Does Erika have to be the perfect role model?

By asking this powerful question, is it true, we can find out what is true for us now. There may be times when Erika has the energy to be a role model for others and times when she wants to be cared for and led by others. There are times when Hannah absolutely knows how to teach and in truth we all have times when we have no idea what we are doing. But knowing we have the choice to ask, Is it True, and to meet the answer with awareness, loving kindness, acceptance, and choice is incredibly freeing.

Yoga Postures/Asanas: Thread the Needle, Puppy or Uttana Shishosana, Mudra for Finding Perfect Truth, Four Movements of Your Neck, Tadasana or Mountain Pose, Warrior One or Virabhadrasana One, Warrior Two or Virabhadrasana Two, Chair Pose or Utkatasana, Legs up the wall or Viparita Karini, Fish Pose or Matsyasana, Knees to Chest Pose or Apanasana, Reclined Twist or jathara parivartanasana, Savasana or Corpse Pose

Yoga Props: yoga blocks, meditation cushion, yoga blanket or chair, wall


Turn Stress into Bliss: The Proven 8-Week Program for Health, Relaxation, Stress Relief by Michael Lee (click below to get it through my amazon link)

Turn Stress into Bliss: The Proven 8-Week Program for Health, Relaxation, Stress Relief

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

Embracing Your Inner Critic click the link to get it through my amazon account

Loving What is: Four Questions that can change your Life by Byron Katie

Loving What Is: Four Questions That Can Change Your Life click here to get it through my amazon account

Today’s question to answer in the comments is: Is that true?
Is your inner critic speaking the truth?

Leave it in the comments below. I love hearing from you and responding to your comments. Plus we all learn from each other when you take the time to leave your comments.

If you want support in connecting with your truth we have classes that will support you in your truth and making that super simple on our membership.

From the new Postures and Pranayama section:

The Four Movements of Your Neck
Your throat chakra is about purity and this will help you to connect with and speak your truth, even to yourself. 🙂

A Short 20 minute Class: The Divine Splendor of Your True Self
to connect with your True Self

A 5 minute Welcoming the Now Meditation
so you can see what is true for me now


Sending you much love from beautiful British Columbia
May you experience the strength of our mountains
May you be as rooted as the trees in our forest
May your joy be as deep as our Pacific Ocean

Yoga with Melissa 280 Photos of Yoga Poses


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