by Pinelopi Sioni and Haritini Mataragka
We often hear the words “let go” both in yoga classes and in the meditation world in general. These are powerful words, but alas, their meaning is not often clear. We created this little poem to help clarify our interpretation of the meaning behind the words “to let go”. Understanding the subtle meaning that these words carry can make a big difference in the way we practice the action of letting go. And yes, it does take practice. Letting go does not mean that one immerses themselves in a laissez faire way of life. It takes practice, as well as intention and effort. Despite the effort, making letting go part of your daily practice is very worthwhile as it lightens your heart and frees you in many ways.
Letting go is the hardest Asana.
Letting go is not letting go of a feeling, but freeing oneself from the power the feeling holds over them.
Letting go is not forced forgiveness, it is freeing one’s heart from somebody else’s power.
Letting go is not consenting to a harmful situation, but to stop reliving the situation in one’s mind on repeat.
Letting go is not forgetting the past, but to let go of the deep held belief that the past should have been different.
Letting go is not easy, it takes introspection and courage.
Letting go is not inaction, it requires effort and intention.
When letting go feels impossible, let the intention to let go be enough.
About the authors:
Pinelopi specializes in Hatha Yoga. Her yoga Kreuzberg Berlin classes are open for and welcoming to beginners. She offers Berlin business yoga, private yoga classes for people struggling with chronic pain, yoga courses, retreats and workshops. She is currently deepening her knowledge through Leslie Kaminoff’s Yoga Anatomy course and training to become an Alexander Technique teacher.
Haritini is a long term student of English Yoga Berlin. In 2019 she finished her 700 hour Hatha Yoga teacher’s training and has now become a substitute yoga teacher at our Yoga studio in Kreuzberg.