Last class we were focusing on Heart chakra. There is so much to say about this center.
This is space of: Compassion, unconditional love and forgiveness. We have to start with ourselves first. Only then we can truly offer it to others.
The heart is fourth chakra out of seven chakras. Heart is in the center, with three chakras below and three above. This is the area where our physical and spiritual aspects meet. The fourth chakra is located at the center of the chest and includes the heart, cardiac plexus, thymus gland, lungs, and breasts. It also rules the lymphatic system. Heart chakra is also calles Anahata in Sanskrit which means “unstruck” or “unhurt.” Meaning that beneath the hurts and grievances of our experiences lies a pure and spiritual place where no hurt exists and where there is simply knowing that we are eternal and pain is only an illusion.
When your heart chakra is open, you are flowing with love and compassion, you are quick to forgive, and you accept others and yourself. A closed heart chakra can give way to grief, anger, jealousy, fear of betrayal, and hatred toward yourself and others.
Asana poses for this center are beck bends. Visualize color green. Allow it to radiate through you. Breathe, feeling your rib cage expending, feeling the rhythm of your heart. Be kind to it.
Besides Asana practice, lets us try to bring this practice in our daily lives as well:
- Give love! to receive love.
- Hug! 12 hugs per day for optimal health. :)
- Smile! at everyone you see daily.
- Forgive! Life is to short to hold grudges.
- Try to go at least one day per week without criticizing anyone or anything, including yourself!
Use Mantra LAM, a sacred key for opening this center.
Lokah Samasta Sukhino Bhavantu- may all beings be happy and free and may I contribute to that.
Another mantra to know- OM MANI PADME HUM- is mantra to expand love and compassion to all.
In our daily meditation let us bring METTA meditation of love and kindness:
May I be happy. May I be well. May I be safe. May I be peaceful and at ease.
May you be happy. May you be well. May you be safe. May you be peaceful and at ease.
Last class I read you a passage from Yoga Sutras as a reminder to us all:
#14 - Practice becomes firmly grounded when well attended to for long time, without break and in all earnestness.
I invite you to feel free to share your insights, ideas, suggestion, or ask any questions that you might have. We are all in this together, remember!
See you on the mat!
With all my heart,