The Rebound Essay

At the end of each yin pose there is a moment when we lay back, let go and absorb what has moved or changed for us, This physical, mental and emotional shift is an important part of the practice. It gives us time to recalibrate, to absorb and to feel.

To let go of something either by our own choice or circumstance is one of the most important practices in yoga. Letting go of something doesn’t necessarily mean we like what is happening but is more a shift in our relationship to how we view our current circumstances.


The truth is if we get really quiet in ourselves we are able to pinpoint the moment we should ‘let go’ of something or some thought or some action. The message comes in loud and clear but through coping mechanisms or learnt behaviour, we become experts at muffling these messages. To do a yoga practice means to leave no stone unturned. To hear and respond as opposed to react to any given situation is the way we evolve.

In Tantra, they believe that we are all manifestations of a higher power, or good, be that nature, god, consciousness call it what you will. This higher power has an energy, a beat that permeates through all sentient beings. It is the steady hum of the earth and if we are really quiet we can tap into its messages. Sometimes the messages are so subtle we can’t hear them, sometimes they are a kick, a punch to knock you awake.

So why do we choose not to act on these callings? Do we fear things won’t work out? We think it’s a great risk to leave all we know, all we identify with to expose ourselves to change, to the unknown? In risk we see failure, in change we lose our identity.

But what if we didn’t see letting go as a risk? What if we changed our relationship to see it not so much as a loss but in stepping into the collective power of this higher calling. Instead, then, letting go becomes an empowering, a fortifying or strengthening of our own personal power. Would life be then less of a struggle? Would we then not be led kicking and screaming out of each letting go but instead have a quiet heart filled knowledge that everything is moving in exactly the right way?

We don’t know looking forward, but with hindsight, our biggest losses can also be our greatest moments of power, a chance to say yes to ‘this’. And could it be that when we cut the life rope of our attachments, to the way we think life should be, that we create a space in our life so wide and so vast that all good manner of things can enter, things that we never dreamed about?

And without trying to fill the void that has appeared after your loss, your letting go, we can just wait, be still, not try to ‘fix’ anything and lay in the rebound of the pose waiting patiently for the next tide of life/love to fill you up.

Gabrielle Harris