3 Poses to Flow and Let Go of Performance Anxiety

In the next 3 poses, let's breathe, connect, and link body to mind to let go of expectations, the real killer of the moment.
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In the next 3 poses, let's breathe, connect, and link body to mind to let go of expectations, the real killer of the moment.

Bryant Park Yoga is back in New York City for its 12th season, featuring teachers curated by Yoga Journal. This week's featured instructor is John Salisbury, who taught at Bryant Park last night.

My late stepfather and yoga teacher, Dave Oliver, would always say, "let go of performance anxiety." My current teacher, Tim Miller, states that the Western mind seems to be attached to form over substance, substance being our essential nature. Patanjali says do your best and let it go. Non-attachment to the end result is necessary, but it's contrary to our goal-oriented Western mind, which seeks the payoff or reward for effort. In the next 3 poses, let's breathe, connect, and link body to mind to let go of expectations, the real killer of the moment. Photo credit: Kevin Sutton Photography.