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

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

  1. I am currently doing an Esoteric Yoga program and just love how it supports me to be with my body more.

  2. The more surrendered I become the more tension I actually feel from any lifestyle choice that is not love. But the difference is that I can feel the increase in tension but not get bogged down and suffocated in it.

  3. Esoteric yoga shows us where we are with ourselves up to that point; be it racy and distracted, physical aches and pains which we have been previously ignoring or unaware of. Either way, it also has the gift of bringing us back to our natural state of stillness.

  4. ‘ the more we accept life and what we feel…….’ if we don’t accept where we are at there is no possibility of change. From our honesty we can then accept and appreciate what we bring and then surrender and changes happen naturally without trying. I find this in a microcosm in an Esoteric Yoga class.

  5. There is such simplicity in Esoteric yoga and it has been the most supportive way to reconnect back to my body. I did not realise just how much I lived in my mind. Esoteric Yoga has supported me to drop back into my body and I’m learning how to stay in my body and not jump out of it when life presents a challenge. The mind is cold, empty and a disconnected place to live and when we live from our minds we are separated from each other.

  6. We have so many pictures and before life has even arrived we have preempted how it should be, and how even we should be before we have truly got to know and appreciate ourselves. I agree, acceptance is so vital, such a great reminder alongside honouring the body, thank you.

  7. However much my mind may try and ignore the innate stillness within, Esoteric Yoga has offered the presence of bringing a deeper awareness to the body with its powerful, yet simple template.

  8. Even an esoteric yoga class is a wonderful opportunity to drop our expectations on having a tension free body and accepting what our body is communicating to us.

    1. Being tension free is not the goal in Esoteric Yoga. It’s the connection to our essence so that we don’t connect and identify with the tension as being us when it is not.

  9. “Do I have investments or pictures in life to be a certain way – or do I accept life as it is?” This is a great question. When we accept where we are at in our own development then a great settlement occurs within us.

  10. If we do have any expectations of life or an Esoteric Yoga session, it’s not long before we realise such, as the session reveals everything that’s going on within us, as apposed to our focus being on everything outside of us.

  11. Esoteric Yoga is multidimensional. Each time I practise, my relationship with myself and divinity is exposed and/or confirmed. Accepting where we are without judgement is integral to our evolution.

  12. My question these days is am I moving in all the space that surrounds me, or am I burdened with a tightness in my body and in my breath as I let all the little things get on top of me and give that feeling of overwhelm? No matter how much there is to do, the space is always there and when I connect to it, my body remembers that ah-ha feeling.

  13. You would think as you say Marika that acceptance of ourselves and how things are in life would be simple, but there is so much over life times we have ignored and buried that need to leave our bodies. When the healing takes place our bodies feel so much lighter and our bodies naturally seem to slow down, be more caring and considerate, so we become less abusive with ourselves with the allowing of more understanding. This to me is how we will rid the world of such horrible abuse when we stop being abusive with ourselves

  14. Esoteric Yoga is a beautiful space to feel what the body is holding and has been carrying and offers an ever deepening process of accepting what is there rather than fighting against the very thing which carries us in life.

  15. This I have found to be true Marika
    “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.”
    I can say from my own personal experience that letting go of the tension that we hold in our bodies can be quite painful at times but when the tension has passed out of the body it feels so much more relaxed and I wonder why I was hanging onto to the tension so tightly.

  16. “Do I have investments or pictures in life to be a certain way – or do I accept life as it is? It has become so clear to me the pictures I have around dating, that have actually delayed me in dating! Having all these pictures busted, I am now free to feel how complicated I made it all with pictures of how it should be or look, it is now super simple, the most important thing is just being me.

  17. I would also say that we can use our minds to wander off and distract us from feeling the power and beauty that resides naturally in our bodies. As we are so unused to these feelings it can take a bit of adjustment to trust what our body knows over our minds.

  18. We are used to living life in a straight jacket – and we say we’ve had a good day when it doesn’t rub or chafe. But Esoteric Yoga shows us that this jacket isn’t true – connecting to your body you can’t escape that there is so much more to who you are. You start to realise you can take the jacket off and live from a bigger awareness instead.

  19. I am getting so much from this blog at the moment, there is so much gold in it and I am just soaking it in. I have been fighting (with myself, in other words I was in reaction!) over a certain area of my life, thus nothing has changed. Having read this blog, I said, ok let’s accept what is here, what is my lesson, I want to get to the bottom of this block that I feel? And boom, next morning I signed and paid for a mini course on the topic that will support and expose any old patterns that really do not serve me any longer. Acceptance brings an awareness of what you need on that moment – very powerful!

  20. Developing honesty with our bodies is super healing and life transforming, which has profound ripple effects in all our relationships, as we gain the confidence to express all we are feeling which allows another to do the same.

  21. After an Esoteric yoga session, I have felt so still and so with myself afterwards, and then finding it easier to move from this stillness during the day which supports me not to react, but to observe all that happens without absorbing, so at the end of my day, I am still feeling clear and with myself.

  22. The body loves honesty too, and responds instantly and lovingly. It’ s almost like the body says, ok now you are ready to listen, and impulses you directly – a direct line to your inner wisdom! From one’s inner wisdom, the understanding begins to unfold of the energetic factor behind everything that is happening.

  23. ‘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’. Ah I feel I am in reaction to all I am feeling! Thankyou Marika for your wise words.

  24. When we react we miss out on the simple wisdom that is coming from our bodies to support us back to harmony. The power of acceptance and surrender in the moments when we could otherwise react to what we are feeling in the body, cannot be underestimated.

  25. Acceptance is so powerful and so vital. Feelings of ‘not good enough and not achieving enough’ are direct blockades to acceptance, and it’s no wonder that we hold on so tightly to both these things as it is the perfect way to not accept and therefore not be aware. We miss out on so much when we do not accept.

    1. I have also found acceptance to be super powerful and healing on so many levels. When I have accepted whatever life has presented ( and not fought against it), I have been able to surrender deeper and in the surrender so much support becomes available that was not visible before.

  26. Oh the simplicity of the honesty that comes with acceptance and surrender. Thank you for taking us through the steps for how to approach the Esoteric Yoga Program. The opportunity to feel that settlement in the body is vital for our mental and physical health and is ours to connect to and nurture, or not.

  27. Over the last few days I have really felt in my body where I have been controlling or wanted to control things in life and just the title of this blog supported me to help realise areas I need to work on ‘Developing an Honest Relationship with the Body through Acceptance’ the 3 keys words being honest, relationship and acceptance.

  28. What I love about letting go of expectation is that we allow ourselves to be surprised. We think our expectations are the highest goal to reach but I have found that life will keep offering more and more, more then we can imagine if we give ourselves over to it.

  29. What Esoteric Yoga offers us is that healing rhythm of returning to ourselves. It is a simple, powerful, healing rhythm to take into our day.

  30. I have experienced the same ease as you describe in my day by starting off with esoteric yoga. It connects me to my body and a deeper stillness. It is a great support in the day to accept all that crosses my path without judgment – without perfection. If I can keep that connection, I don’t feel exhausted or drained at the end of the day. On the contrary, I still feel like I felt in the morning: connected to my body.

  31. There is an innate wisdom in us, in all of our body that we can reconnect with and honour by being more aware of our whole body and how we do things.

  32. ‘… we limit our awareness, because we are so fixed on an outcome or a picture of how it should look and feel…Not to mention the fact that we miss out on appreciating the amazingness of what already is.’ picking up a picture is not as harmless as it seems. All the A’s get put in the bin in an instant- acceptance, awareness, amazingness. It is really not worth it.

  33. ‘…And when those expectations are not met there can be a disappointment – a tension that can be felt as an unsettlement in the body.’ It is really not self-loving to have pictures because of what it does to our bodies.

  34. What is important to remember is that acceptance does not mean tolerating bad behaviour, acceptance just means that we accept the fact that we are more than just human beings in a physical incarnation

  35. It is all too often perceived that we need to actively go out to attain a result of health and well-being, yet the actual direction needed is in the surrender and repose of the body to allow it to do what it knows naturally – “to return to its natural rhythm of harmony and wholeness.”

    1. So true “yet the actual direction needed is in the surrender and repose of the body to allow it to do what it knows naturally” if we just allowed this in our body rather than get caught in we need to do something.

    1. Yes and if we can get the need to be ‘right’ and blast through the pictures of being wrong, good, bad, failing, succeeding – the list goes on, then we get to simply feel where our body is at and we can move from there. The honesty is the foundation for true healing.

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