Esoteric Yoga – Developing an Honest Relationship with the Body through Acceptance

One of the great joys of Esoteric Yoga is that it is such a wonderful support for developing an honest relationship with the body that then supports me to have a more honest relationship with everyday life.

The various themes that are available to be explored in an Esoteric Yoga class are endless and equally there to be explored in life’s everyday activities. Developing an acceptance in life is one such theme that has supported my body to surrender more, as opposed to pushing through life carrying tension, burdens, exhaustion or pain in general. It may at first seem that acceptance of ourselves and how things are in life would be simple, however, given the opportunity to look deeper, there is much to uncover and feel.

A poignant question I have asked myself is, “Do I have investments or pictures in life to be a certain way – or do I accept life as it is?” And if I translate this to my yoga practice, “Do I have an expectation of how I want to feel in a yoga class?”

When we have expectations in an Esoteric Yoga class, or in life, we limit our awareness, because we are so fixed on an outcome or a picture of how it should look and feel. And when those expectations are not met there can be a disappointment – a tension that can be felt as an unsettlement in the body. Thoughts of ‘not being enough’ or ‘achieving enough’ are great examples of how we don’t accept life, which result in a tension and a mistrust that we carry in our body. Not to mention the fact that we miss out on appreciating the amazingness of what already is.

Letting go of expectations supports the body to surrender. Letting go of stories of ‘what may happen’ or ‘what may not happen’ is very liberating as it allows the body to be open to whatever will unfold before us and allows us to see life with a wider lens. Accepting and surrendering are far more enriching ways to be and live that pave the way for appreciation, rather than chasing the pictures and fantasies of what we think and want life to be that keeps our body in a state of tension!

Within our body is an honesty that communicates much wisdom and is a great gauge of our level of surrender or our level of stress. When practising Esoteric Yoga I have experienced that there is an opportunity to feel this quality in the body – which is a direct result of lifestyle choices to that point. We may like what we feel or we may not – in other words, we may accept what we feel or we may not. For example, we may feel joy-full and open or we may feel pain and an uncomfortable momentum. These momentums are the result of a series of choices that become the uncomfortable tensions and tightness in our body. The point being, how we feel and our level of surrender are very much connected, and are a result of the quality of movement and lifestyle choices we choose each and every day. As the founder of Esoteric Yoga, Serge Benhayon has presented, “The body is the marker of ALL truth” (The Way of Initiation, p 602) and something we actually cannot escape.

When we do not want to accept what is felt in the body, it is very common to choose to numb and distract ourselves from feeling our discomforts and momentums, something we are actually very practised at. However, in an Esoteric Yoga class when I stop to re-connect to the body by simply choosing to align the mind with whatever my body is doing, any momentums that may be there can be seen more easily, and it is here that I have an opportunity to start to let them go.

Allowing ourselves to be with whatever is there to be felt in the body with whatever we are doing, and bringing an acceptance to this, allows an openness and thus more space for surrender. In contrast to this, when we choose to react to what we can feel (the momentums), the body stays hard and we delay the opportunity to become aware of the choices and patterns of behaviour that are causing the tension.

We can choose the path of ease by accepting what is there to be felt and allowing the body to surrender OR, we can fight ourselves by diverting our energy to avoid and distract ourselves from our awareness, and thus continue with our patterns and ways of living that keep the momentums and tension held in the body.

The more we allow acceptance and surrender, the more we allow the body to do what it knows best – and that is to return to its natural rhythm of harmony and wholeness. When we allow this, it brings a halt to everything that does not belong to our natural rhythm of stillness. The sense of ease that can be experienced in an Esoteric Yoga class has become a healing rhythm for me that I can take into my day, as I am no longer fighting myself by staying in tension and anxiety. In essence, I have an opportunity to allow the deeper quality of surrender that I have embodied to be with me and to inform the quality of my movements. From here, my patterns and unsupportive ways of living naturally start to drop away. This is why I, like many others who experience Esoteric Yoga, find it very supportive and deeply restful.

There is quite a difference to how the body can feel at the end of a day should we choose to move in a quality of ease and surrender as opposed to tension and anxiety that deplete the body. If we are moving the body in a quality that honours our innate rhythm of stillness, then we open the door to feel the joy and vitality of this. The body’s wisdom knows how to bring itself back to harmony and true connection.

The more we accept life and what we feel, the more we are able to surrender the body to its natural settlement so that we may enjoy our natural flow.

By Marika Cominos, Yoga & Complementary Health Practitioner

Further Reading:
Esoteric Yoga – yoga for our world today
Esoteric Yoga – To Do or To BE?
International day of yoga – June 21st

430 thoughts on “Esoteric Yoga – Developing an Honest Relationship with the Body through Acceptance

  1. Marika we sometimes read a blog and just one sentence reflects a truth we need to read that morning and today it was the realisation that I still have pictures of what life ought to be and that sets up a tension in my body and a disappointment when it doesn’t occur. Just something to look at as I make love my day, thank you.

  2. I really struggled to read this article. I could feel the discomfort of tension and the off-ness in my body that tells me how I have been living and I kept finding myself nodding off. The body is so amazingly vocal and honest. What I am getting is that what I am feeling in the body right now is the result of my choices in reaction to daily life.

  3. I have been on Esoteric yoga Stillness programs a couple of times and wow has that helped me develop and deepen my connection with me. What has been exposing is how much I want to check out and not stay present – its been super beautiful to be aware of this (and at times challenging) yet totally worth it.

  4. Marika this was a great question to come across
    “Do I have investments or pictures in life to be a certain way – or do I accept life as it is?”
    I still have pictures and when they don’t match up I get frustrated, so there are still investments to look at as well. It’s a never ending journey of discovery of all the things I have taken inwards to stop myself from feeling the greatness of me.

    1. As you say essentially it all comes down to not wanting to fully feel and live the greatness that is within us all. We are essentially all powerful Gods here on Earth yet choose to live lesser ignorant lives so we can seemingly fit in to a picture of how it should be rather than returning back to the fact of who we truly are.

  5. Expectations limit our awareness. I love this, especially as we are about to talk about expectations at work. I feel expectations only allow you to see and feel so much, like wearing blinkers in life. They also set us up to have judgments and disappointment.

  6. There is a tangible difference between accepting life as it is and giving up on life, and this piece is beautifully written about the former by someone who is not engaged in the latter.

  7. I agree we can have everything we have ever wanted right in front of us and with us yet because we may want it to look a certain way or expect it to be like something else ‘we miss out on appreciating the amazingness of what already is’, it is often then only when it is too late that we actually see what was on offer.

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