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A yoga class at Jeca Yoga. Courtesy photo.




The Art of Letting Go

Where: Jeca Yoga, 55 S. Commercial St., Ste. 204, Manchester
When: Saturday, Jan. 9, from 3 to 5:30 p.m.
Cost: $20. Register online. 
Swap info: Limit number of swap items to 15 articles of clothing and five accessories/pairs of shoes. There will be an option to donate any leftover items to a local charity. 
Visit: jecayoga.com




Room for improvement
Yoga workshop teaches the art of letting go

01/07/16
By Angie Sykeny asykeny@hippopress.com



 It’s out with the old and in with the new at an upcoming workshop at Jeca Yoga in Manchester. On Saturday, Jan. 9, from 3 to 5:30 p.m., studio owner and instructor Jessica Labbe will lead “The Art of Letting Go” with a yoga session, discussion and clothing swap.

She was inspired to develop the workshop after recently graduating from an advanced, 300-hour certification program for Comprehensive Yoga Therapy.
“I think, as humans, we have a tendency to hold on to things, whether that be grudges, old patterns or our ideas of how things should be,” Labbe said. “The idea behind Comprehensive Yoga Therapy … and this workshop is self-realization and self-exploration, because through that, you can begin to recognize things in your life that might be unhealthy or hindering you from living to your full potential.”
The workshop is open to all and does not require any previous experience. It will start out with an hour-long yoga session with poses that can be modified to accommodate everyone, from the seasoned yogis to the first-timers.
The poses don’t specifically correlate with the practice of letting go. Rather, it’s the nature of yoga itself and the self-awareness it generates that are applicable to the workshop objective.
“We hold emotional tension in our physical body, and sometimes, between our jobs and families and other external things, we start to tune out our own needs, and that tension can get stuck,” Labbe said. “When people practice yoga, they become aware of what’s going on inside their physical bodies, and it allows some of those emotions to come to the surface.”
After the yoga session, there will be a discussion time for participants to share and process any new personal insights they attained during the session. Then, through a series of guided exercises, each person will explore what is holding them back from reaching their full potential and how they can learn to let go of those things.
At the end of the workshop, there will be a clothing swap, partially just for fun, but mainly as a way to practice not only letting go of the old, but also inviting in the new.
“We’re letting go so we can create space for our hearts’ desires, our goals, our intentions and the positive things we want to surround ourselves with,” Labbe said. “I hope people leave feeling inspired and excited about the future and all the possibilities there are when they let go of the old.” 





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