Monday, 14 February 2011

YOGA FOR VALENTINES




If you have time for a yoga practice today try making your focus anahata chakra, with some heart-opening back bends to enable you to be fully open in your heart to give and receive love.

'The health of our heart centre registers the quality and power of love in our life. In Sanskrit, the heart chakra Anahata, means “unstruck” or “unhurt.” Its name implies that deep beneath our personal stories of brokenness and the pain in our heart, wholeness, boundless love, and a wellspring of compassion reside".

Sun breaths

Stand in Mountain Pose. Become aware of your breath, of your heart beating, of your whole system working in unison. When you are ready, inhale to raise your arms out to the sides and up, rising on to tips of your toes, bring your palms to meet overhead and look up. Exhale to bring hands to your sides like angel wings and  lower your heels to the mat.
(Repeat these sun breaths 6 times.)

Vinyasa incorporating Warrior 1 and 2.

Step your left foot forward, your right foot back, aligning the feet through the midline of the body if possible. Inhale to come into Warrior 1 exhale to straighten the front leg and draw your hands to your heart in namaste.  (prayer mudra) Then inhale to come into Warrior 2, exhale to straighten your front leg and draw your hands to your heart in namaste.
(Flow on your breath through this vinyasa 6 times on each side).

Sun Salutations

Practice as many as you wish but to open your heart spend extra time in your lunges and upward facing dogs


Reclining Goddess Pose

Then lie down in the comfortable supported backbend Supta Baddha Konasana also known as Reclining Goddess Pose. Sit in front of a bolster or two cushions and lie back with them under your back and head. In this position, let your breath become smooth and even, matching inhale to exhale. When you feel relaxed, and your breath feels steady and comfortable, imagine that you are sending love to those who need it with every exhalation, and receiving love with every inhalation. Notice who comes to mind when you think of giving love, and who comes to mind when you think of receiving love. Spend as long as you want with this imagery in your mind’s eye.

When you have finished your practice, think about phoning the people who visited you during your visualisation and get in touch with them today to let them know that you care about them.

The most powerful way to open, energize, and find balance not just the heart chakra but all of our chakras is to love ourselves and others. Love is the greatest healer. In our yoga practice, remembering what we love and appreciate as we practice asanas enhances the power of the poses and our general sense of well-being.