Yoga with Melissa 363 Moving at the Speed of Our Bodies: Without Effort

by Melissa West on December 24, 2016

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Without Effort


As we are only a couple of days away from the Christmas here, it is easy to get caught up in the energy of excessive effort and struggle. We overwork and exhaust ourselves. Today we will explore letting go of effort, starting right here.

You have a choice whenever you do something, to try harder, to apply effort or to let go and allow yourself to flow naturally with the world around you. Focus on what you are doing, allow your attention to go into it, but you do not need to strain.

Restorative yoga can be a fabulous container to practice without effort. We can come into the poses and allow the props to support us. Then when we come back into our lives we can ask ourselves, how can we go with the flow? How can we be conscious and aware and yet have ease as we go about our day? We can still do our work, we probably just do not need to try as hard most of the time, just like in our yoga postures, the yoga posture will do the work on our body once we get into the shape. When we meet our lives half way with effortless action, we do not need to work so hard.

When you focus on letting go of effort, you are releasing tension from your physical, mental emotional and energetic bodies. Deeply relaxes your body, stills your mind and calms your nervous system.

Letting go of effort will open you up to the natural ebb and flow of life. Helps you open a more compassionate understanding towards yourself and others and will enhance your emotional connection with yourself and those you love.

Yoga Poses/Asana:  guided relaxation, child’s pose or balasana, downward facing dog or adho mukha svanasana, reclined twist, reclined bound angle pose or supta baddha konasana, savasana or corpse pose

Props Needed: blanket, blocks, bolster, eye pillow

Lokah Samastah Sukhino Bhavantu

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  • Carla Van de Schoot

    Hi! I had not been doing your weekly sessions for a few weeks, because I have been doing the 31 beginners lessons. Was great, but its also nice to do a session that’s in tune with the season. Is that an XXL yoga mat you have, or are they two?
    You also have me convinced I REALLY want a bolster. I will offer myself one for the new year. Or maybe for no special reason at all!

    • Hi Carla,
      Yes, it is definitely nice to do some classes that align with the season. This is just my regular yoga mat with a Mexican blanket folded on top of it 🙂 Definitely order yourself a bolster. You will enjoy the prop immensely. Great for restorative classes.

      Namaste, Melissa

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