Discern: Inner Critic Series | 50 min Intermediate Hatha Yoga Class | Yoga with Dr. Melissa West 281

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

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Thank you for joining us on this important inward journey through yoga.

Today’s class is about discernment. It is about noticing the subtle layers of your inner critic and the choice to go deeper. With discernment we explore the layers of our inner critics until they reveal themselves, because always something more that will reveal itself. First you notice your inner critic, then you notice more. You may discern your inner critic isn’t very kind, then you may discern that you are not your inner critic. You detach.

Can I discern the difference between me and my inner critic?

Can I notice the layers of each thing?

In this class you are going to TYM about what you notice.

With discernment you are going to learn to take a step back.

Evita from our membership site explains discernment between herself and her inner critic well,

“To me, the most difficult thing is to separate my inner critic from myself, I mean, bring awareness to this voice… When I do that, then I try not to identify with it. I love this classes because I have discovered that I didn’t listen to my inner critic at all while doing yoga! I just thought it as the truth!”

Instead of identifying with your inner critic you have the opportunity to detach. Instead of believing it is you that is a perfectionist, too hard on yourself, too ready to please or has too many rules, you can take a step back and recognize that is our critic. This is discernment.

When you practice discernment, you take a step back and realize, it is not me who is critical of myself, that is my inner critic. You can come back to your attitude of befriending your inner critic and find out what is causing your critic to feel anxious, vulnerable and upset.

Carrie, one of our members, really got this, “What stood out for me in this class (on accepting your inner critic) was thinking about our Inner Critic being “terrified” that we might be seen as not kind enough, or not pretty enough, or not generous enough, or whatever it has focused on. When I really sat with that thought, my heart just melted with love for my poor, terrified Inner Critic.”

Through discernment we detach and alleviate the anxiety of the inner critic.

Peige from our membership site said, ”While I was practicing this class(Namaste Yoga 278), my sankalpa for the duration of this series came to me: I will learn to hear and discern my Inner Critic, recognize her message, and determine if there is any wisdom in it for me.” I’ve realized that I don’t always recognize my inner critic. It’s easier to accept that she wants me to be okay — loved, accepted, well-thought of “

When you practice this level of discernment you are able to step back with awareness, acceptance, and loving kindness and make a different choice about the truth of your situation. You are able to see how your stressed-out, anxious, vulnerable and upset critic is just trying to keep you safe. Like a parent you are able to authoritatively make a better choice for yourself.

With discernment, when you go deeper and see the truth behind the inner critic, you may start to see the inner critic as less judgmental. You may be able to discern the difference between you and your critic.

Yoga Postures/Asanas: Neck Release, Reclined Side Bend or Supta Ardha Chandrasana, Pigeon Pose or Eka Pada Rajakapotasana, Svadhisthana chakra Mudra in sukhasana or Sacral Chakra Mudra in Easy Pose, Standing Backbend or Anuvittasana, Standing Forward Fold or Uttanasana, Goddess or Utkata Konasana, Supta Baddha Konasana or Reclined Bound Angle Pose, Wide Legged Child’s Pose or Balasana, Yin Yoga Butterfly Pose or Baddha Konasana, Wide legged Seated Forward Fold or upavista konasana, Savasana or Corpse Pose

Yoga Props: Yoga Bolster, Yoga Blocks, Meditation Cushion, Folded Blanket, Chair

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

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

Mudras of India by Cain Carroll and Revital Carroll

Mudras of India: A Comprehensive Guide to the Hand Gestures of Yoga and Indian Dance

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If you want support in going deeper with discernment we have more classes to support you with your inner critic journey.

Ivy has a series of companion videos to support you in our membership community. Her second video in the series, Acceptance and Discernment is a perfect sidekick for this week’s class

If you want some clarity to be able to discern then one of our brand new videos from the leading edge research in the Postures and Pranayama section, Skull Shining Breath will help to clear the cobwebs:

And also from the Postures and Pranayama section, the gyan mudra video will give you the wisdom to discern:

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