If it doesn’t serve you, let it go.

If It Doesn’t Serve You, Let it Go

So you know how your yoga teachers encourage you to take your yoga practice off the mat? It could be as little as consciously changing your breathing, your posture, or the way you walk. Or it could be in bigger ways. That’s what I discovered, in one short phrase spoken by one of my favourite teachers.

A little while back I attended class and took particular notice to something my teacher said.

“If it doesn’t serve you, let it go.”

It certainly wasn’t the first time she had said this, but this time I must have been more open to receive knowledge. It wasn’t even immediately that the revelation came to me – it was after class. Being in total peace after a fulfilling session, the phrase popped back into my mind.

“If it doesn’t serve you, let it go.”

When on the mat, this phrase meant one thing to me – if a thought enters your mind and doesn’t serve you in your pose or practice, pay it no more attention. But now I was off my mat, where my mind was no longer focused on finding my edge and perfecting every pose to the best of my ability. The phrase started to take on a new meaning outside the studio.

I found myself repeating these words in my head when making many decisions – from what foods to buy, what books to read, to what drinks to have when going out. These weren’t big decisions, just everyday occurences, so making these decisions may have meant nothing to me if not for one thing – goals. (Yogis, I bet you know what’s coming next!)

Set An Intention

This is the key. The key to change. Set an intention for yourself in life. Maybe this intention is solely to improve your yoga practice, or maybe it’s something off the mat. It could be big, or it could be small. Anything you want to change. And certainly don’t limit yourself! Set multiple intentions! Why just one?

“If it doesn’t serve you, let it go.”

These words will break your intentions down into manageable decisions that will always serve the bigger picture. Every good individual decision you make will form a habit of making good choices that serve you best and bring you closer to your goals.

Now that you have the knowledge, I ask that you give it a try in your life. Whether it’s a small change or a big change you desire, it all starts with an intention and that first good decision.

Ryan Burley

Ryan is an avid yogi and regular at The Hot Box Yoga in Kelowna



  • Mackenzie

    Love this! Well said Ryan