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Blog I wrote for MBSY Studio. "Yoga and the Practice of Detachment"

The past month has been very difficult for me as I lost my baby boy Valentino, my dog, my confidant, my love. I had him for 12 years, and he taught me so much about life and unconditional love. I learned to live in the moment and let go of things that didn’t matter. Every day I looked forward to just relaxing at home with him. He was just an amazing soul. Then on August 31st, he taught me his last lesson as he gave us his last breath. My husband and I knew he was slowly getting old, but thought we had another couple of years with him. As we looked in his beautiful brown eyes, he let us know it was time to say goodbye and without giving all the details, we did.

As a yogi, my daily practice is a reminder that I have to detach, to let go, to expect nothing and to be in the moment no matter what. Well, it works wonderfully when everything goes well. But right now, it is truly difficult.

In the Yoga Sutras of Patanjali it is said that only through Practice (Abhyasa) and non-attachment (Variagya) can you realize your true self. As I discussed this sutra with my gurugi Manju Pattabhi Jois, he explained it in simple and e