One of the early ancient Vedic Sanskrit texts, the Yajurveda (1200-1000 BCE), puts forth the first suggestion that the essential self dwells eternally inside the heart. It suggests that the union or merging of opposites (male and female, active and passive, the two sides of the body–the sun/surya channel on the right and the lunar/chandra channel on the left) is celebrated as “always dwelling in the lotus heart.” When opposites are profoundly integrated, the heart takes the form of a lotus “imbued with devotional sentiment” and leads to “a spirit of unconditional acceptance.”
A well-balanced heart is a compassionate, empathic, and tender heart. Hardness is tempered with softness. Softening invites connection, openness, and reception. We move from doing to being.
This month we play with balancing muscular strength and yielding softness, moving from effort to surrender. We will also explore the body/breath/heart connection through pranayam practice. The breath is central to unlocking the body and opening the realm of the heart. Each inhale brings spaciousness and expansion to the body. Each exhale invites softening and release. What journey will your body and breath take you this month? Come find out! See you on the mat!
**I am excited to be subbing this coming Thursday, 5/11, 7:30-8:45pm, Candlelight Flow at Breathe Together Yoga, Los Gatos!!**
Varanasi, India, March 2017.
Tied on a short lead, no water or feed available, I reached over and rubbed her head, scratched around her ears. Her eyes closed, and she pressed her head against my hand, asking for more touch, more contact. So I gave more. Love in its most simplest of forms. Asked for, and given. Along my trip it was tiny moments like these that broke my heart open the most.