This is the second part of a practice, which has been effective to me in regard to forgiveness and surrender.
Sometimes, we are not ready to forgive the BIG perpetrator. We might start with smaller hurts. Maybe the person or persons who knew what was happening, yet did nothing to step in and help. They might have participated in tarnishing your reputation with gossip.
You might feel the need to forgive yourself for being in this position in the first place or staying there too long. Most often, this is not true, yet our feelings deserve to be validated. So if this is what you feel then go ahead and forgive yourself.
My Yoga practice has been a loving channel, which brings me through this process each time a hurt, angry emotion, or resentment begins to invade my inner being.
To forgive is to set a prisoner free and discover that the prisoner was you.
– Lewis B. Smedes
- Forward Fold
- Step back to Plank
- Bring Knees to Floor to do a few Cat-Cow Poses
- Devotional Pose
- Slide nose to front of mat to Cobra pose
- Downward Dog
- Step forward to Mountain Pose
- Right foot back to Pyramid Pose
- This pose is good for calming and focus.
- 3-4 breaths in this pose
- Rise with strength and courage
- Reset your hips
- Left foot back to Pyramid Pose
- 3-4 breaths in this pose.
- Tree Pose Right Side
- As we sometimes struggle in this pose we are reminded that trees grow and gain strength in adversity (When the wind is strong). Just like a tree, we are becoming stronger and more rooted in our authenticity.
- Tree Pose Left Side
- Warrior I Left Side (with hands on hips) – Transition to Humble Warrior
- As we bend into this version of Warrior I, we acknowledge that surrender equates to victory.
- Warrior I Right Side (with hands on hips) – Transition to Humble Warrior
- Turn to side of mat – Goddess Pose
- We recognize the courage it takes to become comfortable with who we are today.
Photo by Satyam Ehinger – Konalani Shambhava Yoga
- Pivot left foot to turn to the short side of the mat, transition into Side Angle Pose Right Side
- Return to Goddess Pose
- Pivot left foot to turn to the short side of the mat, transition into Side Angle Pose Left Side
- Step back to the front of the mat – Forward Fold to a ball then bring yourself down to the floor.
- Bring Hips to Heels and do a few Flying Breaths
- Bring feet to front for Staff Pose (sit on a blanket or towel)
- Re-establishing our personal values as we inhale, pressing our sit bones into the floor, lifting our hearts. Keeping a soft bend in the knees to avoid a rigid hardness in our physical, mental and emotional state of being.
- Boat Pose
- Engaging your core (Naval to Spine) for power and correct navigation as would a boat on its proper course.
- We are heading in the right direction. Freeing ourselves from bitterness, resentment, fear and anger.
- Come on to back, bringing knees to a table top position.
- Reclined Twists Both Sides
- Bring knees back to center, bring your nose up, giving knees a big hug.
- Remembering to accept self-love and appreciation for who you are and what you have to offer to the universe.
- Cool-down of your choice to Savasana.
Stay blissful my friends! – E