Befriend: Inner Critic Series | 50 min Intermediate Hatha Yoga Class | Yoga with Dr. Melissa West 276

by Melissa West on April 24, 2015

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Inner Critic

Intermediate-Yoga-Video-on-the-Inner-Critic: Over the next eight weeks we are going to befriend, bring awareness, discover the choices we have, look at the truth of discern and learn how to flow with our inner critic. Your inner critic is a bit like a mirror that shows you a distorted reflection of yourself. It is that inner voice that speaks to you in a critical and disparaging way. Over the next 8 weeks we will discover how becoming conscious of this internal voice can make our inner critic our ally.

Rather than demonizing your inner critic and making it an enemy, this first week, we will uncover how this part of yourself originally grew into being to spare you shame and pain. By building your awareness of your inner critic through loving kindness, the journey will be much easier.

As we grew from children to adults we all had helpful parents, relatives, teachers, leaders, bosses, and acquaintances try to fix you so that you could grow into a functioning adult in society. This is a normal part of human interactions. It is after all a parents job to mold you into a proper human being!

Over time, in order to protect yourself from the pain and shame of feeling less than what happens is a voice begins to develop in your head that starts to echo the concerns of your parents, your church and those that were important to you in your early years. You develop a self that criticizes you before your parents or anybody else can. Very kindly, this inner critic is trying to protect you from being shamed or hurt. It is desperate for you to succeed and liked in the world.

Your inner critic has grown to protect you. It really wants you to be ok, loved, successful and accepted. It developed to protect your vulnerability and to make you acceptable by others before other people could criticize or protect you. It wanted to love and protect you and it wanted to save you shame and hurt.

From this perspective we can bring an attitude of appreciation, even befriending and loving kindness to the role our inner critic has played as we embark on this journey over the next eight weeks even though it may have outlived its usefulness in our lives.


Turn Stress into Bliss: The Proven 8-Week Program for Health, Relaxation, Stress Relief by Michael Lee
Embracing Your Inner Critic: Turning Self-Criticism into a Creative Asset by Hal and Sidra Stone Ph.D.

Yoga Postures/Asanas: Knees to Chest Pose or Apanasana , Reclined Twist or Jathara Parivartanasana, Lunge Pose or Anjaneyasana, Pigeon Pose or Eka Pada Rajakapotasana, Easy Pose or Sukhasana with Hridaya Mudra, Swinging Twist, Peaceful Warrior, Humble Warrior, Cobra or Bhujangasana, Childs Pose or Balasana, Matsyendrasana or Lord of the Fishes Pose, Half Cow’s Face Forward Fold, Savasana or Corpse Pose

Yoga Props: yoga blocks, strap, meditation cushion or chair, folded blanket

Suggestions for Membership Site Classes this week:

Your Wound is Where Your Light Comes in from the Bereavement Series:

Your Wound is the place where the light enters you, Rumi. “Be open to the pain of your broken heart. Spirit – and caring people – will enter through its brokenness.” “Remain open to your hurt. You may think it easier to suppress the pain or avoid it with distractions and busyness. But eventually your emotions will surface; grief will demand your attention.” “There may be a small place within you that remains hollow. Value it. This quiet, abiding feeling may be one of Spirit’s ways of sustaining the connection to your precious loved one.” Grief Therapy (Elf Help) by Karen Katafiasz.

Forgiveness Series:

Heart Softening Class, Letting go Class, Courage Class and a Forgiveness Meditation and lecture.

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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

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