Written by Erin
The words “let” and “go” are two that I’ve heard in every other yoga class through the past years of attending group classes regularly. Sometimes teachers will say something along the lines of, “just let go,” with a nonchalance in their voice or suggest a mantra to add to match your breathing; inhaling repeat the word “let” and breathing out “go”.
With this repetitive suggestion to simply let go, I have responded in frustration, irritation, concern (for myself), anxiety, and annoyance. I have often thought, well I can’t just let go. It’s impossible. Too much to think about. Too much to solve. I have to find solutions. Letting go is impossible. Something must be wrong with me. I’ll never be able to relax. I was trying really hard and being really negative.
Molly Jo Stanley
Educating for Mindfulness and Sustainability