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Yoga for Control Freaks

“Everything is going to be okay. You don’t need to control everything.”

One of my favourite Kundalini teachers, Gloria Latham, spoke right through our hearts at the end of my last class with her. There we were in child’s pose, completely, blissfully spent after a full-on full-body Kundalini work-out. As we breathed and processed, Gloria’s voice wafted over us.

Fear or anxiety and the need to control are like the flip sides of the same character trait. Trust me, I should know. Just when I think I’ve gotten the hang of having faith and letting go, there I go again, diving in and organizing pretty much everything. This is why ‘let’ is one of my words for 2010 (the other two are ‘love’ and ‘truth’).

This is (one of the many reasons) why I love yoga classes. We get on the mat, we drop out of our head, we follow the directions of this person standing up at the front of the room, flowing from one movement to the next, we let go of control, and we find peace. Peace.

Off-the-mat translation: We drop out of our head, we follow the directions of the greater, good, and wonder-full that we hear within our heart, flowing from one decision to the next, and we find peace. Peace.

Or, as in the case of me leaving the final details of my summer vacation to the last minute: A great deal on a beautiful bed and breakfast by the ocean, and unexpected workshops with my mentor and friend, Swami Maheshananda Saraswati. It might not sound like a big deal right now, but I can guarantee you that what I get out of those days will be MEGA—because every time I open to the flow and dive into the opportunities that come up I come away with powerful, positive, life-changing shifts.

Go here for the full article, and a 10-minute Kundalini Yoga set to help you release fear and go with the flow.


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