I Release!


Be like the bird that, passing on her flight awhile on boughs too slight, feels them give way beneath her, and yet sings, knowing that she hath wings.  ~Victor Hugo

There are moments while hooping when you need to release your grasp. During tosses and transitions when the hoop is not in contact with your body and for a brief moment all is suspended. It takes practice, focus and faith to let go. But you can’t go anywhere if you just stand still.

I went to Yin Yoga with my husband and my intent was “Release”.  It was a slow practice where each position was held for 1-3 minutes – for my hyperactive brain that is eternity. So I focused on my intent in a laundry list fashion. To-Do Lists are a major part of my life at this juncture so the list format seemed right and flowed easily. I began each thought with “I release…” and visualized letting go.

I release expectations.

I release demands: mine and others.

I release fear.

I release responsibilities that are not my own.

I release tension: physical, emotional, mental.

I release pain: physical, emotional, mental.

I release regret.

I release perfectionism that cripples rather than inspires.

I release ego.

I release frustration.

I release situational anger.

I release the tendency to freak out when I see a bug.

I release neediness.

I release stuff – physical stuff that no longer serves a purpose.

And finally – I release the pressure that comes along with having a list like this!



Published by Cara Zara

Professional entertainer and educator Cara Zara has performed at festivals, events, libraries, charity functions, and summer camps throughout the Southeast and has interacted with over 250,000 children. She has been teaching her popular programs since 2011 and has taught at over 200 private and public schools throughout Charlotte-Mecklenburg and surrounding counties. She loves inspiring children to learn and be physically active through fun movement and laughter.

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