Trite as it sounds, letting go has its daily benefits.

Today in yoga class, during Savasana, also known as corpse pose, the final asana of practice, I had this sudden urge to cough. It was one of those deep lung spasms that could have easily resulted in uncontrollable hacking, all this in the middle of a collective meditation. I let out this one cough, hoping it would suffice and I realized, whatever was moving around in my bronchial tubes wanted out and there’d be no avoiding it. If necessary, I’d get up and leave the room. Having made this decision, I relaxed and something miraculous happened, the blockage cleared and I was able to breath evenly.

It’s why we “practice” yoga. It’s why we need to be reminded that we are also practicing life. Every day we are presented with moments like this where releasing tension and breathing has it’s place. In traffic, on hold with customer service, every personal interaction. Each moment that we surrender our control, we open the pathway to a healthier existence.

Yay, yoga. Namaste.

Pam Alster, former stand-up comedienne, Lifetime TV writer & suburban mom brings a decade of living on the dark side to light in her forthcoming debut novel Robin’s Blue. www.pamalster.com

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