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Stepping Into Love

lovejump“Love is the voice under all silences, the hope which has no opposite in fear; the strength so strong mere force is feebleness: the truth more first than sun, more last than star”

– E.E. Cummings

Love. Of all the words in the English language “love” probably has the most meaning, or maybe the most elusive meaning. S0 basic to the soul of each one of us, love becomes the precious essence governing each of our lives. We ask ourselves; how do we find love? How do we share it? Can we maintain it with another person? And at the core of these questions we continue to wrap our thoughts around “what is love”? Constantly trying to answer this question and perhaps hitting a wall more often than not when it comes to finding the answer we ultimately end up taking pleasure and apathy in it’s elusiveness. But what if we change our thought process and perception around this word’s elusiveness and embrace it for what it is – the underlying root and foundational energy of all beings and things around us. Accept love and have faith in it!

Stepping into love we can begin to strip away the typical fears associated with it such as; am I good enough for it? Do I have enough love? Do I give enough of it? Instead of trying to find balance in love and answers to these questions work on stripping these questions from your psyche as if you were taking an eraser to a chalkboard. Start by reminding yourself that love is around you at all times supporting your every step through life. Once we decide to change our perception and choose to step into this faith, love will easily flow to and from every aspect of your life.

Source: Anodea Judith, Wheels of Life

Greens For The Heart

Dark-Leafy-Greens-Are-Good-Sources-of-Calcium-1024x711For today’s superfood post we’re talking and eating green! As most of you know this month we’re highlighting the 4th chakra, our heart center and there’s no better way to activate and stimulate the heart space than with a bowl of greens. That’s right it’s no lie when someone says that the best way to someone’s heart is through their stomach! The color of our heart center is green so let’s toast the summer season of bountiful greens and eat for rejuvenation, heart health and of course love!

Eating greens boosts your overall energy, reduces stress, neutralizes the body’s pH level, and can also relieve energy blocks to the heart center. Leafy greens come in many varieties such as spinach, kale, collards, swiss chard, and dandelion to name a few and can easily be incorporated into any meal. Have it alone as a salad, throw a handful in your morning smoothie, juice it, saute it, even bake it. Whatever form you choose to devour these leafy greens you’ll instantly feel their live enzymes, oxygen and chlorophyll melt away stress and blockages leaving you to feel lighter and ready for love!

Don’t Wait. Just Love.

heart“Time is too slow for those who wait, too swift for those who fear, too long for those who grieve, too short for those who rejoice, but for those who love, time is eternity.”

~Henry Van Dyke

Tantra Pranayama

Build love by bonding twice a day with these Tantra-based techniques. This practice can be done at any time with your partner, and not just as a way to reconnect after a disagreement but it’s also a great practice to reaffirm each other’s love and devotion to one another. Since we couldn’t have set it better ourselves we’re rebloggling Yoga Journal’s Tantra Techniques article.

Each of us has days when we arrive home tired and cranky, wake up on the wrong side of bed, or get stuck in a conflict with our partner. Rather than waiting until you drift apart, couples can proactively build love by bonding twice a day through practices that Western Tantra teachers Charles and Caroline Muir call “10-Minute Connects.” Here are two techniques:

Nurturing Meditation

The position for this practice is good old-fashioned spooning. (Esoteric theory of energy flow dictates that you should both be on your left sides.) Decide which one of you feels most in need of nurturing, this person will be the receiver of energy. Since the partner in back will be the giver (though you’ll both rebalance your energy through the exercise), the giver should snuggle in close behind their partner, lining the chakras up: heart center to heart center, belly center to belly center, and so on. Both partners should use pillows to prop head, neck, and shoulders high enough so the giving partner can slip their left arm under the receiving partner’s neck and bring their hand to rest lightly on the third eye chakra of their partner’s forehead or the crown chakra at the top of the head. The giving partner’s right arm should cradle their partner, with their hand over their loved one’s heart; both partners clasp hands here.

After a few moments, move into the “harmonizing breath.” Notice your partner’s breath, and begin to synchronize with it: Inhale together, pause together, exhale together, and pause again. As the receiver inhales, focus on accepting energy through your back into all of your chakras; as the giver exhales, they concentrate on sending energy out the front of the body and into your partner’s body.

When you’re ready, you can use this technique to charge each chakra individually. Begin with the heart chakra, and focus there for three full breath cycles. Then move your awareness to your third eye chakra for three breaths; then your “root” chakra at the base of the spine. Next, move up your body to your second chakra (your genital area), then your navel chakra, your throat chakra, and your crown chakra. (Skip the heart and the brow, since you’ve already charged those.)

Hand on Heart

Sit comfortably, cross-legged, facing your partner. Each of you places your right hand on your partner’s heart chakra and your left hand atop your partner’s right hand. Tune in to your heart: first, your physical heart, and then the emotion and energy of your heart chakra. Can you sense your heartbeat? How does your heart chakra feel? Expansive and open? Constricted? Fluttery? Vibrating? Peaceful? Try closing your eyes and focusing on the connection between your heart and your partner’s hand, or you can gaze into each other’s eyes and/or engage in the harmonizing breath.

Adapted from Yoga Journal, full article here.

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To Inspire You

“Everyone has been made for some particular work, and the desire for that work has been put in every heart.”

– Rumi, Sufi poet

Keep The Love Flowing

Below are five heart-opening yoga poses that will keep your Valentine’s Day love flowing to the end of the month. A heart-opening sequence offers many benefits, not only are they great poses to help alleviate our work week round shoulder computer slump that happens to many of us but they also offer us the opportunity to look inward.  One of the core values of yoga, is that which pertains to self- study or in Sanskrit, Svadhyaya. This theme of self-awareness is often discussed and mentioned in yoga class as without it there would be no yoga; no union of mind, body, and soul.

Taking the time to truly look inward and get to know yourself is a profound experience one that offers the opportunity for personal growth so that you can experience life to your fullest potential. We can easily devote the time to friends and family during the week, so why not take the same time to invest in yourself and really learn all the factors that make you unique or dig deep and uncover what your heart really desires. Opening our heart center and becoming aware of what and how our hearts speak to us can open up new levels of understanding and a deeper love for life.

CRichards_Olivia_CobraBhujangasana, Cobra Pose: Lie face down with your legs straight out behind you. Place your hands on the floor, spreading your fingers, and hug your elbows toward your ribs. Inhale and begin to straighten your arms. Stretch your heart forward and bring your torso up. Concentrate on firming your shoulder blades against your back and lifting your stern so that there’s no compression in the lower back. Hold for 15 to 30 seconds. Release by lowering one rib a time to the mat, tucking your chin as you release your head.

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Ardha Bhekasana, Half Frog Pose: Lie face down with your legs straight out behind you. Place your forearms on the floor. Lift your torso and head. Bend your right knee and lower your right heel close to your right buttock. Reach back and clasp the inside of your right foot with your right hand. Rotate your elbow toward the ceiling so that you can curl your fingers over your toes. Gently press your foot toward your buttock. If your flexibility permits, move your foot off to the side and push it toward the floor, being careful to keep your knee in line with your hip. Hold 30 seconds to two minutes. Then release, relax and reverse.

Upward Plank Pose cropped and sized 3Purvottanasana, Upward Plank Pose: Sit up tall with your legs extended out in front of you, now move your hands several inches behind your hips with your fingers pointing toward your feet. Bend your knees and place your feet on the floor with your heels a minimum of a foot away from your buttocks. Lift your hips until you come into reverse tabletop. Then, without lowering your hips, straighten one leg at a time. If possible, let your head gently drop back. Hold 30 seconds, tuck your chin and lower down.

wheel-heels-up2Urdhva Dhanurasana, Wheel Pose: Lie on your back. Bend your knees and place your feet on the floor with your heels as close to your buttocks as possible. Bend at elbows and place your palms on the floor beside your head with your fingers pointing toward your shoulders. Press your hands and feet firmly into the floor, lift your torso and hips and come onto the crown of your head. Continue lifting your body, allowing your head to come up off the floor. Hold for five to 10 second. Lower to the crown of the head, tuck the chin and release one vertebra at time to the mat.

167949Supta Baddha Konasana, Supported Reclining Bound Angle Pose: Fold and stack 1-3 blankets firmly. Bring a pillow to the top of the blankets that is 1-2 shorter than the blanket stack. Can also use a yoga bolster if accessible. From a seated position, line the blankets up with the sacrum and bring the soles of the feet together and open the knees out to the side (use rolled blankets,pillows or blocks underneath the thighs for support, optional). Lay back onto the stacked blankets with the spine and let the arms open into a ‘T’ shape to encourage passive heart opening. Stay in the pose 1 – 5 minutes, focusing on a slow, deep breath expanding the heart space. To come out, bring the knees together and roll slowly over to one side.

Cambodian Proverb

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“Cultivate a heart of love that knows no anger” — Cambodian Proverb

For the month of February and in light of Valentine’s Day here at Yin Yang Yogis we’re sharing information on all matters of love and our hearts. As you know, our 4th chakra, our heart chakra, is the seat of love – and love in all its forms, paradoxically it is also the seat of anger, grief, hatred, and loneliness. However, when these negative feelings arise, which can be triggered from a number of sources such as past relationships, memories and/or heartbreak we can turn to our heart center to heal ourselves.

Centrally located in our body, the fourth chakra is the balance between the body and spirit. This chakra is the place where unconditional love resides. Unconditional love is a creative and powerful energy that can guide and help us through our most difficult times. This energy is available in any moment, we have the ability to cultivate this love by turning our attention inward and on love. This awareness will then free us from our limits, fears and anger allowing for our hearts to only radiate love.