Holding on and Letting Go
“Embracing, We Let Go”
by Yahia Lababidi
Perhaps, we are negotiating
not just with one, but always two
-who share the same soil, it is true-
one who lives, another who is dying
A shift in balance begins to take place
once a love of silence is confessed
its roots run deep, its shade a world
and her fruits impossible to forget
From the first, we surrender something
and, gradually, consent to be emptied
transfixed by so much soundless music
drunk and sated through lipless mouths
What use to name this silent master
preparing us for dying or the Divine
(I’m not sure there is a difference)
but know in embracing, we let go.
This week on Weekly Yoga with Melissa West we are focusing on letting go. I love this poem, because it points to the delicate process of letting go, the acceptance, the willingness to surrender and to be transfixed by the process.
What stands out to me about this beautiful poem is that there is a balance in letting go. All is not lost when we let go. We do not have to throw the baby out with the bathwater so to speak. We can choose to release and yet, as Yahia Lababidi says, there is one who lives, another who is dying. With any death comes a rebirth.
And even more than that, the most poignant and final line in the poem Yahia Lababidi says, “but know in embracing, we let go.” While there may always be some parts of us that are dying, some parts that we are releasing and letting go, we are also always choosing which parts with which we are connecting more deeply. When we choose to let go, we are also choosing what parts to take with us in our rebirth.
Through the practice of yoga, we are continually releasing all that no longer serves us, all the ego constructs, in order to come closer to our True Self. As I see it, any ending, any letting go, is also an embracing of our True Divine nature.
Props Needed: Bolster, 2 blocks, meditation cushion or chair
Yoga Postures/Asanas: Reclined Bound Angle Pose or Supta Baddha Konasana, Windshield wiper legs, Reclined Side Bend, Supta Matsyendrasana or Reclined Knee Bent Twist, Cat Pose or Marjaryasana, Pushan Mudra, Shoulder Shrugs – let go of shoulder tension, that which is not your own, Tree Pose or Vrksasana, Side Bending Tree Pose, Peaceful Warrior or Shanti Virabhadrasana, Humble Warrior, Downward Facing Dog or Adho Mukha Svanasana, Fish Pose or Matsyasana, Reclined Matsyendrasana, Bound angle or Supta Baddha Konasana, Lion´s Breath or Simhasana, Savasana or Corpse Pose
Lokah Samastah Sukhino Bhavantu
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Today we focused on holding on and letting go. Right now in our membership community we are focusing on yoga for digestion. We have several yoga classes that will assist you in assimilating and releasing physically, emotionally, mentally and energetically.
This yoga class will support your small intestines in their primary role of sorting your food into what is to be used and what is to be passed on to waste. Your small intestines sort the pure from the impure. This goes for absorbing nutrients from your food, but also the world around you. In an age of information overload from scrolling through social media, email, the overload of media and advertising imagine how much time we spend sorting through what is important vs. what is unnecessary. The energy it takes to sort the necessary and important from our lives from the unimportant and unnecessary weakens our small intestines and our ability to discern what is useful in our lives from what is waste. The yoga postures will focus on balancing the energy of your small intestines from the tip of your little finger, along your arm, to the back of your shoulder, the bottom of your neck, the outer corner of your eye and ears, and therefore your entire digestive system.
In this short restorative yoga class you will focus creating a relaxed environment in your physical body so that you can absorb the nutrients from your small intestine and the world around you. The focus in these restorative yoga poses with props will be on drawing in the pure prana and life force energy from your food and the good in your life.