Invite your heart into your practice

February

Love is the bridge between you and everything.

~Rumi

 

We welcome February with warmth in our hearts. With Valentines just around the corner, this is the season of love.  But, what is love to you? Yoga teaches us that love is the highest vibration and intelligence. The energy of the heart center is an energizing force, that is revitalizing, associated with love, compassion, and forgiveness. We love with our hearts, body, and spirit. We express love through our words, thoughts, and actions. Just a simple smile can open one’s heart. Often times we give our love to others and may forget to unite with our own internal vibration of love. When our heart center is depleted we can feel scattered, unfocused, and dull. 

One of the most important things we can do is love ourselves, forgive, and practice compassionate self-care.  Let’s get real, this human experience is not always easy. However, like The Beatles, sing: love is all you need. When we love ourselves, we then have more to give to others. In yoga practice, there is an incredible opportunity to connect with deeper self-love. As humans, we have the capacity to move energy/prana through our intentions and our actions. Do you allow your yoga practice to be a practice of self-love? Yoga is not about how an asana looks, or the final outcome, but so much about how it allows us to feel. When we experience this in practice it translates into our lives. Learning to feel more, we explore the landscape of our own hearts and the hearts of others.

In yoga practice, explore and invite your heart into your practice. When you come to your mat, ask your heart for guidance. Feel into the energy of your heart. Questions such as:  How can I love more? Where am I closing off my heart? Where can I maybe put boundaries around my heart to save more love for myself? What am I feeling right now? Where can I feel more?

Have fun with your practice, play, experience, and engage with your beautiful body, mind, and spirit!

Affirmations:

Love opens and heals me.

I love myself unconditionally.

I am love; I let love in.

My heart is open to receive the energy of love.

I radiate the essence of love.

I am able to let go of the past; to forgive myself and others.

All the love I need is within me.

Journal

Journal

Write your stuff down. Whatever comes. Get it out. It will help you to heal, will help you get deeper in touch with your feelings. After your yoga practice is a great time to journal. 

 

 

 

Pranayama Practice

Meditation

Find a comfortable sitting posture. Begin by taking several deep breaths to help your body relax; inhale through the nose and exhale through the mouth, with a sigh. Next, inhale through your nose to your heart center, exhale through your nose. Sending the breath to the inside of your heart, the sides of your heart, and the space between your shoulder blades. Keep repeating until you feel the vibration of your heart. Feel the energetic expansion spreading throughout your body and beyond. Sit for 5 more minutes meditating inside the vibration of your heart.

Heart Opening Yoga practice

Yoga

On your mat begin to move in a way that feels good. Then see where that takes you. Just start.

 

 

 

Heart Opening Asanas:

Cat & Cow/chakravakasana

Uttanasana/forward fold

Adho mukha svanasana/down dog

Anjaneyasana/lunge

Parighasana/gate pose

Bhujangasana/cobra pose

Virabhadrasana I/warrior I

Supta baddha konasana/reclined bound angle

savasana/receiving pose

 

Invite your heart into your practice.

We look forward to seeing you on your mat with us at Grass Valley Yoga. 

 

Your task is not to seek for love, but merely to seek and find all the barriers within yourself that you have built against it.

~Rumi