The Law of Detachment is about practicing releasing our self-imposed expectations of where we think we should be in our lives: work, health, relationships, our yoga practice, etc. It’s also about the release of caring what other people think and comparing ourselves to others. In this practice of detachment, the focus in on the intentions themselves rather than the expected or desired outcomes of our intentions. It’s about how surrendering creates the space that allows us to put our ego aside, let go of the destination, and focus on the richness of the journey.
The Law of Detachment is associated with the throat chakra, which is linked to communication and self-expression. When we detach from the opinions, criticism, and praise of others, we learn to know, honor, and celebrate who we are without fear of criticism or expectation of praise or success.
Poses that physically express the Law of Detachment are throat-opening poses like Bridge, Plow, and deeper backbends like Camel or Fish. Savasana is also a perfect example of The Law of Detachment. Contrary to belief, it is one of the hardest poses for most. It can be surprisingly challenging to allow yourself to completely surrender into quiet and stillness: there’s nowhere to go, nothing to do, nothing to strive for. It’s a tranquil opportunity to release the activity of mind and savor every moment in this journey of the human experience. The mantra associated with The Law of Detachment is Om Anandham Namah, or, "My actions are blissfully free from attachment to outcome."