Yoga Basics For: Yoga Teachers & Yoga Therapists Neuro-Musculo-Fascial Therapists   Personal Trainers & Fitness Coaches Using “Conscious Stretching”  Health Care Professionals Addressing Soft Tissue Issues  Serious Students & Practitioners of Yoga

Application of these Teachings will take Yoga to new heights in the Western World. The DSL Method [of yoga] is profoundly sensical.

Lesli Hunter • Yoga Teacher & Student
Sedona, Arizona

(NOTE: DSL refers to me, the author of The Simple Steps and creator of The DSL Method of Yoga/ Bodywork/ Whole Health Principles, Practices & Therapeutics)

For the Thinking, Feeling,
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Discover & Release Your Built-In-By-Nature, Self-Healing Powers with Let-Go Yoga Basics

of Your Muscles, Fascia, Nerves & Joints
of Tension, Stress & Habit Patterns
Let-Go Yoga
by David Scott Lynn

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Physical/Mental Yoga & Let-Go Yoga Basics
Foundations of Yoga Therapy
 || Yoga Injury Prevention

I read David Scott Lynn’s e-book which I highly recommend for every Massage Therapist [and Yoga Teacher] and I was amazed at how intricately he delves into and emphasizes, over and over from various angles, how our work mostly works to affect the Nervous System in a variety of ways. … He explains nervous system and myofascial relationships brilliantly!

Doctor Michael Koplen
Chiropractor & Former Massage Therapist
Capitola, California

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In the Simple Steps to Let-Go Yoga Basics,
You’ll Discover NEW INSIGHTS INTO:

How Chronic, Excess Muscle & Nerve Tension Cause Many or Most of Them
The TRUE Source of Effortless, Upright Posture & Fluid, Energized & Powerful Actions
They are NOT the Same Things & Require VERY Different Inputs: You Need them BOTH
And HOW TO Work With and/or Improve All The Above

Having had experience with many different bodyworkers, David’s technique is certainly unique. There are levels of healing he achieves I’ve never seen before. This is clearly a result of a vast knowledge of anatomy and physiology combined with decades of hands-on experience.

Dr. John Bordiuk, Nutritionally Oriented M.D. & Yoga Teacher
Marino Center, Wellesley, MA (Greater Boston Area)

The DSL Method of Yoga and The Simple Steps to Let-Go Yoga are NON-guru, NON-religious, NON-mystical (nor super-natural) approaches to physical & mental yoga and yoga therapy, and musculo-skeletal health and well-being. Yet its is a Fully Conscious system.

With 18 years experience in the health care professions, I appreciate soundly re-searched & scientifically based approaches to rehabilitation. The DSL Method of BodyWork [and yoga] has expanded and refined my understanding and applications for achieving postural correctness and pain relief in less time. David has a unique way of reiterating known fundamental laws, redefining erroneous concepts, and instructing the participants through a successful treatment program.

Al Cujas • Physical Therapist
A.T.C., N.M.T., Former NMT Instructor
Winston Salem, North Carolina

A Western Definition of Physical/Mental Yoga

The word YOGA itself, in the context presented here, means
A. Increasing your ability to Pay Attention To & Take Effective Action upon the various functions and structure of your Body & Mind.
B. Increasing the Coordination & Harmonization of your various mental & physical systems.
C. Increasing & Optimizing your Internal Power, Strength, Flexibility & Coordination
D. Therefore enhancing ALL the activities of your Life, and/or minimizing any negative results you might experience in any of those activities.
E. And, yoga can be used as a healing agent for any problems emerging from the psycho-neuro-musculo-fascial system. And her are a LOT of those. The principles of Yoga Injury Prevention are an important element to learning about the therapeutic aspects of yoga, as well.

Taking Aim at Yoga Injury Prevention with Let-Go Yoga Therapy Principles

These intentions & results are based on widely accepted principles of modern medical sciences: How the human neuro-muscular and myofascial systems actually work, and how the conscious and subconscious minds control the nerves and therefore muscles.

What I received from DSL — I received a better understanding of how to effectively stretch the body and to stretch muscles that I have had a hard time getting to, or didn’t even consider to be a vital component of a potential structural problem. I was more aligned after his session and had a better idea of what I needed to do to take responsibility for not only my own body but my life and to make more effective decisions for myself and my life. I felt very empowered on many levels. I highly recommend Davids hands-on work and his classes to anyone looking to better their life and to make positive changes.

Brian Wellenstein
Omaha, Nebraska

Which One Are YOU?

I’m admittedly generalizing a LOT on this, but essentially,
there are three (actually four, as we’ll see) kinds of people interested in things like Yoga:

Are YOU Looking for . . .
Greater Wellness … Lesser Sickness … OR BOTH???

1.) Those pursuing Greater Wellness, or at Least Preventive Maintenance: These individuals are usually somewhere between excellent to reasonably good shape, but want to make sure they stay that way when they’re older, or even improve with age if possible. They might also be interested in the mental or meditative aspects for reducing stress, clearing their mind, getting into The Zone, and so on. … (And there are those athletes, musicians & others who use their bodies more fully discover that yoga, done properly, can help take their body to Maximum Performance in Balance, Coordination & Endurance, and even Strength.) … Such individuals will want to know about the Physical / Mental Yoga Basics of Let-Go Yoga.

2.) Those who are pursuing Lesser Sickness: Those with aches & pains, limited range-of-motion & dysfunction, bad posture, and worse, who are looking for insights, tools & techniques to get better with. At this point they’re in the minority, but it’s a rapidly growing group as more people discover the inherent health benefits of the physical aspects of yoga. This includes increasing numbers of doctors prescribing yoga to their patients. … (We cannot ignore, however, that many approaches to yoga can actually make people worse. We address that issue, and what to do about it, extensively in the Simple Steps to Let-Go Yoga.) … DSL’s approach to Yoga Therapy.

3.) Those interested in a more fully integrated BodyMind Awareness & Function or in some cases a deeper & wider Development of their Human Potential: In many cases, these individuals are not so interested in their physical body (like a competitive body-builder might be) except that it’s part of their “Whole Human” Package, and they realize they have to take care of their “Whole Health,” meaning to maximize both their physical and mental possibilities. Some take this very seriously, sometimes to extremes. … The meditative aspects of Physical / Mental & Let-Go Yoga, and how they come alive in exploring physical postures, are of interest to these individuals.

(And Yes, # 4.): There are those who are interested in the Spiritual, Religious or Cultural aspects of yoga as it’s taught in the Far East, which are certainly available from many sources and in too many forms to count. We here at The Simple Steps do NOT, however, feel it necessary to pursue those aspects to have an authentic experience of “Real Yoga,” and they are not taught in the Simple Steps to Let-Go Yoga, nor on any of the related websites. Yet significant physical/mental and philosophical foundations for such practices are certainly available here. Yet they are in the Context of what’s important to the “average” Westerner — if there is such a thing — especially in American Culture. We leave the religious and mystical to others far more qualified to teach that.)

Which Wellness Category Are YOU In?
The Good News is that we’ll be starting here with the more Physical aspects of yoga, then getting into some of how the Mind interacts with those physical elements. We’ll not get a lot into #3 (especially the spiritual, because that is such a wide ranging topic), but because of the point-of-view were coming from here, this style of doing yoga certainly can serve as a strong foundation for a more total Body-Mind approach, if one so desires.

The Let-Go Yoga approach is a non-mystical, non-guru, non-religious approach.
Yet it is No Less CONSCIOUS, Maybe More So, than many of the others

The main key here is this work is about following as closely as possible how the human body actually works, and we rely heavily on explanations from orthodox, medical anatomy & physiology from mostly NON-controversial sciences. This is a No Woo Woo Zone. … You’ll find that MOST, if not all, of phenomena under the category of MEDITATION can be explained by the physiology and neurology of the human brain and mind. Maybe not everything, but most of it. There are indeed a few mysteries yet to solve!

And a Quick Note on STRESS: When I use the term STRESS, I am referring to both physical and mental stress. Too many people have gotten the idea that stress is a mostly mental or emotional thing. It is not. In fact, it is a physiological response that CAN be caused by mental and emotional problems. But there are many physical events and functions that are very stressful on the physical body.

Now, if you’re in Category #2 or #3, please bear with me for a short moment while I talk to our friends who are not so lucky, those who need to get their body healed.

I’ve had neck, shoulder and back problems for years. In 3 short treatments, David released the tension and restored movement in my neck. And, working on my neck has released my lower back and hip pains!!! . . . I am amazed at how well David’s unique techniques work. Additionally, after many treatments from many practitioners over the years, my boy friend’s many years of hip pain went away in one treatment.

Lana S. • Reflexologist & Nutritional Counselor
Skull Valley, Arizona

You did for me in 4 hours what physiotherapy couldn’t do in 4 years. And, you gave me the tools to continue working on my own.

Michelle Sands • Yoga Teacher
Montreal, Quebec

(Actually, with all the injuries I’ve sustained over the years, I’m in both categories #1 & #2, with a strong dose of the #3, but that’s a whole other story.) But then again, even if you’re perfectly healthy, you never know when this information will be useful to a friend or a family member, or even YOU:

David’s work is amazing! A year ago I was hardly able to move due to severe back pain (this was not the first time). The doctor prescribed, once again, physical therapy and though I practiced these PT techniques for months, my pain grew stronger and my ability to move lessened. I then hired David Scott Lynn and within a short time I not only felt relief, but my standing, walking, sitting, and moving postures had improved. Now, 12 months later, I seldom feel pain and move with ease, freedom, and flexibility; moving in ways I never imagined were possible a year ago. Thanks to David, I have a daily pain-free yoga, standing, walking, and sitting practice, and I have new methods to share with my students. David’s knowledge is extraordinary! David’s techniques work!

Diana T. Kyricos
Kripalu Yoga & Pilates Instructor
Chelmsford, Massachusetts

A Medical Expert On Soft Tissue Injury

Dr. John Bonica, in his 1,700 page, two volume book The Management of Pain, said that soft tissue injuries were among the most common forms of injury in America and the developed world:

” In the United States and most industrialized nations, disorders of muscles, tendons, fascia, bones, joints and their ligaments are the most frequent cause of pain, disability, limitation of activity and impairment. … the most frequent cause of chronic or permanent impairment.”

John J. Bonica, M.D.
The Management of Pain
2nd Edition; page 328
Dr. Bonica was well known (during his lifetime) as a forerunner in modern management
of soft tissue pain and injury and early advocate of Trigger Point Therapy.

Chiropractic physicians Raymond Nimmo and James Vannerson — developers of Receptor-Tonus Technique, a forerunner of American Neuromuscular Therapy — tried for years to convince other chiropractors they needed to focus more on treating soft tissues — the musculo-fascial structures — or they would eventually lose much of their market place. They were right. Large numbers of people get far better results from massage & bodywork therapy — effective treatment of the soft tissues — than they do from chiropractic or osteopathic adjusting of the bones, or orthodox medicine.

(Make no mistake, however. Both osteopathy & chiropractic can be very valuable. In fact, many of the Old Time Osteopaths from the early 20th Century utilized quite a lot of massage & muscle therapy to prepare patients for spinal and joint adjustment. It is unfortunate so any osteopaths lost access to that art.)

After enough study and experience, it becomes clear that properly managing your overall musculoskeletal structure, of which your neuromuscular and myofascial systems are the vast majority of tissues, is of critical importance to living a pain free and vital existence. What we’ll be saying in this letter is excess tension and stress manifesting primarily in muscles and secondarily in fascia, yet controlled by brain and nerves, is a significant source of trouble, yet a major opportunity, for all of us human beings.

Managing the physical and mental aspects of those systems is the primary objective of offering YOU the Simple Steps to Let-Go Yoga. … And this is a MAJOR factor in Yoga Therapy and Yoga Injury Prevention.

I have worked with many soft tissue therapists over the years. David Scott Lynn is the only one educated and skilled enough to do what I want with full confidence that the job will be done. My patients definitely feel the difference.

Gary Fujinami • Doctor of Chiropractic
East West Chiropractic & Acupuncture Center
Prescott, Arizona

I found that combining David’s bodywork with chiropractic adjustments gave me deep releases that I never experienced before. David’s teaching and understanding of the body in a practical yet yogic way, totally fills in the gaps I’ve always found between yoga, anatomy, common sense & practical living.

William Don Johnson • Yoga Teacher
Sedona, Arizona

SO … WHAT Would It FEEL Like . . . ???
 … to have ALL Your Tension & Stress Minimized or Dissolved?

… to Sit & Stand with Effortless Great Posture?
… to have ALL Your Muscles Moving Freely, Fluidly, with Full Energy?

• Are Your Muscles Too Achy or Painful?

• Is it Too Difficult to Stand or Sit Straight?

• Do You Feel Too Tense or Stressed?

• Are You Too Stiff to Move or Bend Your Joints?

• Do You Have “Mystery Pains” that Just WON’T Go Away?

• Are You Afraid that Someday, You might Look or Feel like THIS? . . .


No More Aging | Yoga Therapy | Yoga Injury Prevention

Just Don’t Do It: No More Aging nor Yoga Injury

Maybe, if you feel like our little person above (I used to feel like that many years ago myself), just maybe you have too much Chronic, Excess Muscle & Nerve Tension? (Or C.E.M.&.N.T. for short, because “cement” [or wires & cables, rocks & knots — pick your analogy] is what some people’s muscles, fascia & joints feel like.) Or maybe, even if you DON’T feel like him right now, you want to make sure it never happens to you?

IF You’ve Got Too Much C.E.M.&.N.T.,
or think you might have some someday (most of us will, eventually),
shouldn’t you be discovering just WHAT that is,
and how to LET-GO of that Tension???

And maybe learn why quite a lot of modern, popular yoga, stretching, exercise, Pilates, etc., do NOT necessarily help reduction of C.E.M.&.N.T. … and often make it worse? … (NO, they aren’t all the same. There are vast differences between and within the many various styles available today. And if you think there is one or a few traditional approaches to yoga, well, not so. There’s a wide variety — and competition among them — in India, too.)

Very few people understand the causes and implications of C.E.M.&.N.T., so it’s not easy to learn how to deal with it. Paradoxically, even some world-renown yoga teachers have accumulated too much C.E.M.&.N.T. — some of them to the point of needing joint or disc surgeries — and would you not think THEY of all people would know how to avoid that?

Very Relaxed Kitty Doing Let-Go Yoga Therapy

VERY Relaxed Kitty Doing Yoga Therapy

Sadly, all too few yoga teachers, bodyworkers, physical therapists, personal trainers, not even most physicians, know much about it, let alone what to do with it.

And I’ll tell you the NOT-so-Secret right now: It is to a GREAT degree ALL about RELAXATION, about LETTING GO of accumulated and excess tension and stress in the body.

David Scott Lynn is a bodyworker extraordinaire. His knowledge of the structure of the body and the way the muscles cooperate with each other in their movement has prompted us to put him on our faculty as the anatomy professor in our Yoga Teacher Training Program. His work is state of the art and goes way beyond most traditional understanding of how the physical body operates. His patience and genius in working on me has changed my awareness of myself. His work is lasting and his selflessness is amazing.

Gary Majchrzak • Co-Director
7 Centers Yoga Arts • Sedona, Arizona
[Gary is no longer a Director, nor do I teach, at 7 Centers]

Now, with the Simple Steps to Let-Go Yoga, YOU can become more knowledgeable than many, if not most, about how these things actually work:

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The TRUE Source of Effortless Great Posture

Let-Go Yoga Therapy brings one from slouched to upright posture
Most therapists, trainers and even yoga teachers would say the poor guy on the left has “weak back muscles”; not strong enough to hold the spine and torso upright. We disagree. It is his abdominal muscles that are too contracted and over-shortened. The bulging belly is NOT from so-called “flaccid” muscles.

(Nature does not allow for slack muscles in the body. That’s an illusion. Something called Davis’ Law takes all available slack out of muscles.)

This bad posture is from the over-contracted and over-shortened muscles compressing the belly like a beach ball. The high water content within the abdomen has to go somewhere (because physics says you can’t compress water into a smaller space, so you can only displace it). So it goes out the front and sides, causing pot-belly and love-handles.


Bent Man with Bulging Water Balloon creates need for Let-Go Yoga Therapy & Yoga Injury Prevention

Learning How to Work with Your Internal Water Pressures with Let-Go Yoga

“Many people are shocked to find that the usual “abdominal strengthening exercises” like sit ups, crunches, pelvic tiles, and so on are actually CAUSING an increase in their pot-belly.

Eventually, the back muscles get exhausted, and they might show up as “weak,” but that’s only because they are being required to do a nearly impossible job: to hold the weight of the torso up against the downward pull of gravity PLUS the down and forward pull of the abdominal muscles. It’s a no-Win situation, and the back muscles will eventually lose, unless the guy keeps his AB muscles lengthened enough.

(Yes, it might be years or decades before the back muscles finally give out, but that’s how C.E.M.&.N.T. works. It can take years or decades of accumulation of stress & tension before the price comes due. And that’s if there’s no injury or trauma along the way.)

David’s passionate interest in anatomy and physiology as they relate to yoga has sparked my own curiosity and deeper investigation into these areas. His depth of understanding as to how the body operates, and how it responds to yoga practice filled gaps in my own understanding as a yoga teacher. I like his 10 principles [now 12 Principles] for maximizing results and preventing injuries while practicing yoga asana, which emphasize safety and honor individual needs. David’s experience as a yoga teacher, bodyworker, trainer, and passionate student of the human body make him a valuable resource for yoga teachers [or practitioners] looking to expand their knowledge and learn sound principles on which to practice and teach yoga. I appreciate that David encouraged us never to just accept his ideas on anatomy and yoga, but to test them for ourselves, in our own bodies and with our students.

Ben Cohen • Yoga Teacher
Newton, Massachusetts

Stressed & Compressed? … OR … Relaxed & Lengthened?

Now, one more kind of important thing, if you are successful at strengthening your back muscles enough to pull your spine upright, and did not use enough TRS* to lengthen your muscles on the front of your body, what you will have done is significantly Stressed & Compressed the spine and everything surrounding it! The vertebrae, discs & facet joints, muscles & fascia, nerves & other organ tissues, will come under way too much pressure and stress.

Especially when your muscles & fascia start irritating nerves. (I call them Neuro-Traps.) That causes all kind of trouble in all kinds of places. And it takes a lot of work, time and patience to track them down, let alone relieve them. But if you’re not an extreme case,** and you just learn how to Relax, Lengthen & Balance your muscles, your posture literally begins to take care of itself with MUCH less stress & strain, and NOT having to think about your posture all the time. Gradually, and sometimes more quickly, the pressure and irritation on your nerves starts to diminish.

* TRS = Tension Reduction Strategies, which Let-Go Yoga is a significant part of.)

** However, EXTREME CASES often need intervention from therapists, such as hands-on bodywork techniques.)

CORE DE-Compression & Structural Balancing Techniques

So your PLAN here, should you decide to try it, is to use the techniques you’ll learn in the Simple Steps to Let-Go Yoga. One is learning to release the musculo-fascial tensions compressing the joints and other structures of the body. Another is, as your muscles Relax & Lengthen, you’ll also RE-balance your over-shortened and over-lengthened muscles, allowing your muscle fibers to generate more power and strength more effectively and efficiently. (Much alleged “weakness” is actually pseudo-weakness, where the muscle fibers are unbalanced. You have fundamental power, but the muscle fibers cannot deliver that power to the bones until they’ve restored their original balance.) That will give you the basic tools and processes necessary to learn how to Feel, Relax & Lengthen, then BALANCE your muscles.

And you’ll do it all, or most of it, with the same five stretches I’ll show you, you’ll discover the best approach I know on how to relax and de-stress your muscles, straighten your posture with little to NO effort, and de-compress your spinal discs & vertebrae and other joints of your body, including the hips, knees and shoulder joints. (YES, it takes energy and you have to actually do stuff. But when you really get into this stuff, you realize that when it comes to overall health, posture and fluid movement, the less effort your exert, the more results you get. It might take more “effort” when you do what ever your exercise & fitness routine is, but that’s a different story.)

NO, I’m sorry, five stretches will not do everything for everybody. There are too many muscles in the body for that. And too many people have very unique situations and/or a history of injury and trauma that need a more specific approach. But in 30 plus years of doing Yoga & hands-on Bodywork Therapy professionally with Clients from all around the world, or people who’ve been all over the world trying to get better, these five stretches will help anybody quite a lot. There are many days these five are All I Need.

I even had one Client who cancelled an already scheduled spinal surgery after doing three of these five stretches for about a week! And I did NO hands-on work with him at all! Is that a standard or typical result? No, of course not. But results like that do happen on occasion.

OKAY … Better Posture and Reduced Tensions & Stress in your CORE through DE-Compression & Structural Balance … That is just ONE example — and yes, it’s a Big One — of the kinds of things we look at in the Simple Steps to Let-Go Yoga when it comes to the physical body and how it works, and how to get your mind more fully involved in the process in a more focused, aware way.

Now, if and when your problem is Too Much C.E.M.&.N.T.,
here’s what you DON’T need (except in rare instances):

• To “strengthen” your allegedly “weak” muscles.

• To “re-train” your posture to sit or stand straighter.

• To spend your life using heat or ice, drugs or alcohol, to get a few short moments of relief.

• To go to a Therapist every week or month for the Rest of Your Life.

• Surgery (even doctors, in their medical journals, are admitting large numbers of surgery were probably unwarranted)./

I’m not saying that the solution is always quick and easy. Some people do need a relatively long time to re-set their nervous system back down to a more normal degree, reducing their C.E.M.&.N.T. down to manageable levels. But most people do not. Some people DO need outside help form a therapist or doctor, but frequently, a lot less than they thought.

When You Try Too Hard,
Muscles & Fascia Don’t Always Get What The Need
(Letting Go of Pseudo-Weakness)

It’s just that too many people — including therapists, trainers, teachers & physicians — do NOT work with nerves, muscles, fascia & joints in ways often needed most. Most of the time, when it comes to chronic symptoms, there’s just too much emphasis on “strengthening” & contracting muscles, or “re-eduating” your posture or movement patterns, and not enough emphasis on just plain old LETTING GO (RE-laxing or DE-contracting) of excess tension & stress. And it’s these tensions interfering with your natural processes, not “weakness.” You might feel weak, but in many cases, it’s pseudo-weakness that goes away when your C.E.M.&.N.T. dissolves, sometimes instantaneously.

Yes, running, weight lifting, calisthenics, and all that stuff lets you blow off steam. They warm up your muscles so they feel better for a while. But they do NOT transform & dissolve your stress & tension levels at a CORE, fundamental level. In fact, due to the unavoidable, repetitive actions under load, most exercise actually builds up more background tension. Even the way a lot of yoga is taught will, paradoxically, increase background neuromuscular & myofascial tension, even if you ARE getting more flexible. That, unfortunately, is just how the system works if you don’t learn how to manage it.

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What About Strength & Endurance???
Does Yoga Do Anything for THAT?

Now, I have nothing at all against strong muscles. I think everyone should be doing a more than adequate SECprogram (that’s Strength, Endurance & Cardio). But there is a LOT more to the story:

You’ve heard that Every Action has an equal and opposite RE-action?
Well, the way your body works, every single contraction of your muscle cells need, eventually, an equal and opposite RE-laxation or DE-contraction of each of those cells. You don’t necessarily need to balance it all in the very same moment, but over time, you do. And if you know how to do it, you can build excess tension for days or weeks at a time (not recommended, but sometimes you have to). Then use some Let-Go Yoga to take it back down again to a more balanced level.

And NO, that does NOT happen all by itself. You must, on a regular basis, take some time to intentionally release your accumulated musculo-fascial tensions & stress. Otherwise, you are inviting C.E.M.&.N.T. into your life.

The best part is that if you are really doing this mind-into-body integration thing (bodymind awareness), it only takes a few minutes of “conscious stretching” to undo much longer periods of tension & stress building. How much? Hard to say. Everyone’s different. That’s something that everyone has to find out for themselves. And of course, it changes from hour-to-hour, day-to-day, year-to-year.

(Yes, daily Let-Go Yoga, or at least every other day, is better, but I realize some people have tight schedules, and need to do things in phases. Nothing wrong with that. We feel that it is better to integrate the principles of yoga into your own, unique life, rather than trying to integrate yourself into some “idealized yogic lifestyle,” what ever that is.)

OH YES! … If you think you can do full lengthening (the Yin) of the muscle after each repetition of an exercise (the Yang), Please Think Again. Unfortunately, the muscles need time, sometimes a lot of it, in an extended beyond easy range-of-motion stretch, but not into pain, to reset the nerves. That’s why we recommend long holds of a stretch rather than a number of repetitions of a stretch. One for a long time is better than a bunch of short stretches. This is,of course, where you’ll develop the patience yoga can bring to your life.

I don’t know about you, but all that makes Perfect Sense to ME!
It’s all about BALANCE. (Well, a LOT of it, anyway.) … And that’s why I started doing “Conscious Stretching” (physical/mental Yoga) this way.

The Sympathetic SEC & Parasympathetic Healing Systems

One Other Thing: The part of your nervous system that gets developed in strength, endurance & cardio oriented exercise (SEC) is the sympathetic nerve system. You know, the Fight or Flight system? Well, there’s another side to that equation, too. It’s the parasympathetic nerve system. It’s responsible for your self-healing, immune, rest, rebuild & restore functions. When it is not stimulated correctly, the self-healing processes of the body are diminished. Now, when’s the last time you activated that thing?

The interesting fact about the parasympathetic system is it responds best to very WEAK stimulus to the nervous system. Your SEC system responds to strong or very strong stimulus of the nervous system. That’s another one of those yin/yang, balance type things … equal & opposites.

Now, the trouble is, you cannot provide both Weak AND Strong stimulus to the nervous system at the same time. This is why I believe that it is nearly, if not fully, impossible to find ONE exercise that works with both ends of the spectrum from internal health & self-healing to fitness, strength, endurance & cardio on the other. YOU need to do two things. Now, you could alternative between Let-Go Yoga and Power Yoga, for example, and be better off for it. But you need the balance, at least two approaches to fitness and health.

One of the main features of Let-Go Yoga is, because it uses VERY low-intensity postures (stretches) to activate your nervous system, it is very effective at stimulating your built-in-by-nature self-healing, parasympathetic system. It in counter-intuitive, but that’s the way it works. Some things in the body respond far better to low-intensity finesse rather than even moderate amounts of force.

So if you’re basically healthy and are looking for Preventive Maintenance or general improvement — you just want to keep your tension & stress levels down and your self-health systems working at their best, and not get like the little man in the red STOP circle (way up above on this page) when you’re 80 — then learning how to do LET-GO Yoga, or something like it, on a daily or a few times a week basis, is a great place to start. (Great nutrition & detoxification is of course important, too.)

If you’re more in need of therapeutic work, then Let-Go Yoga might be the best or only place to start. The more therapeutically challenged a person is, the more low-intensity work — deep, thorough relaxation & balance — they need. (Restorative Yoga is indeed excellent for certain conditions, and might be best in certain situations. But it is very passive with various limitations on how far you can go with it. The problem is a lot of people jump from Restorative Yoga to a more high-intensity practice. Let-Go Yoga gives you the full range of possibilities of intensity and depth of stretch in between the two extremes. You can hang out anywhere from Minimum Edge to Moderate to Maximum Edge which you’ll learn about in the Simple Steps to Let-Go Yoga.)

Why NO Pain Means MORE GAIN:
A Central Feature of Let-Go Yoga

Many articles and reports on yoga and stretching say they do not work because stretching a muscle triggers a stretch reflex, which automatically causes the muscle to contract. That’s the exact opposite of what you’re trying to accomplish. And you know what? A lot of people, if not most, DO that when they stretch or do yoga. The trick is, how do you prevent that stretch reflex from happening?

Also, when you’re in pain, or even uncomfortable, how easy is it for YOU to relax? Do you think it’s any different for your muscles? In fact, we could argue that your muscles are FAR more reactive to excess stretching than you can even remotely be conscious of. So you MUST be extra careful if you want to protect yourself, then get the maximum results.

When you read the Simple Steps to Let-Go Yoga, you’ll learn about Edges of Pain & Resistance, or Fears (such as that you’ll hurt yourself), that define the limits of what’s healthy for you to work with at any given moment. And to a great degree, this is what makes “yoga” be “yoga.” Because in a certain way, it all happens at the Edge, and that’s the place where your mind and body come into close communication with each other.

And Oh YEAH, what IS the difference between “Yoga” and “ROS” (Regular Old Stretching) anyway? … You’ll find out when you read this book!

LEARNING HOW to Feel, Relax, Lengthen & Balance

A Relaxed, Lengthened & Balanced body, with a fully aware and “tuned in” mind that can truly Feel what your body is doing, gives you a great foundation for other exercise too, such as for Strength, Endurance & Cardiovascular health. But if your muscles get too tight over the years, all the strength in the world will not do you much good. Your muscles will get too “locked up,” literally “jammed up” within themselves, to deliver any internal muscular power into outward movement and action, no matter how much fundamental power you might actually have. Yet having a practice you do several times a week that dissolves those accumulating tensions & stresses will assist you in all aspects of your life, even sitting at a desk for hours on end:

Ergonomic Man at Desk w/Good Posture
And what a lot of people don’t know is that it is not strengthened and tight muscles that give you Effortless Great Posture & Fluid, Energetic Movement, but it’s Relaxed, Lengthened & BALANCED muscles that do the job the best.

SO … if you want to Discover the Process of Letting-Go of those tensions & stresses, I have written Simple Steps to Let-Go Yoga to get you on the path.

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OKAY, so what exactly this Simple Steps to Let-Go Yoga?

Well, you don’t even have to call it yoga, if you don’t want to. You can call it, for example …

Conscious Stretching

It’s about bringing your mind into your muscles so they work better together.

And the more you do this Conscious Attention process with your muscles when you stretch, the better they’ll work when you exercise, too!

The Simple Steps is all about how to use physical postures — yoga poses — to work with your muscles. Why? Because the NEXUS between how your body operates internally and what it does externally is right there at the muscle fibers. Because of the way the nerves are designed, if you “stretch” properly, certain nerves will be activated that in turn send nerve signals to your central nervous system and brain.


Muscles as NEXUS between Mind & Body

Discover How Your Muscles Are At The Intersection Between Your Body & Mind, Between Your Inner & Outer Realities

From there, those signals are converted into different signals that go back out to the muscles and turns OFF the nerve charge that keeps your muscles too contracted and tight. It’s a feedback/ response loop, and it works better when you’re paying close attention, because there are other nerves that are actually activated by the very act of paying attention. (That’s where meditation comes into play here.) The nerve signals ALSO, and here’s the really good part, travel up to the brain and turn off the excess stress that have been operating up there, too.

If you read this book, you’ll be learning about how to use the muscles as a focal point of mind that gives you access to your nervous system in a direct and profound way. You won;t just be “tricking” the nerves, the way it is often taught in more so-called “scientific” stretching. You read and talk to enough people and you’ll start to realize the mind often gets left out of the equation the way a lot of people of and/or teach yoga. And some talk about the mind, but give you very few tips as to how to actually get down in there and work with it.

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