In honour of heart day, a heart chakra themed class for you to play with all week. The heart chakra honours love for the sake of love. Anahata, the sanskrit translation means un-struck. Beyond the pain or grief we may experience in life, it is the ability to live with a pure heart, open to both giving and receiving love unconditionally. Yoga practice offers us the opportunity to do this all the time. The devotion to our practice is self-love in it’s purest form.
The following theme can be used either for your own personal practice, or for your group classes or one on ones that you are teaching. Everything below is just a guide based on my thoughts and experiences in the moment. Feel free to change anything to better suit your teaching/practice style or so that it feels more authentic to you and your own teaching voice. Namasté
Theme: Opening Our Heart Chakra
Physical Focus: Heart chakra work involves lots of spinal extensions. Make sure you prep your class with warm-ups for the spine in all directions and lots of shoulder rolls first. Also a great idea to build these in throughout the class, in particular after coming out of bigger poses such as dancer, wheel or bow.
Chakra: 4th chakra – heart
Pranayama: 3-part breath
Mudra: padma (lotus) mudra, heals of hands together palms open and fingers outstretched.
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Mantra: Om Mani Padme Hum: May the jewel of the lotus shine forth and unite us all.
In addition to all the great heart openers this class will bring, make sure you are offering your students an opportunity for reflection and counter poses. A seated forward fold also offers an opportunity to open the heart chakra from a quieter and less vulnerable place. Many people struggle with heart opening poses from a physical and emotional stand point, so provide alternatives for less intensity where possible. Restorative fish may be your absolute favourite, but might be too exposed or unsafe for someone else. Make suggestions, but allow your students to find what feels best for them.
Cues for Reflection:
Noticing the words in our head during this challenging flow, are they kind?
Do we speak to ourselves in the same way we would our best friends?
Even if you think you aren’t great at self-care, guess what, you are here. Yoga is one of the most beautiful practices for self-love that I know of.
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