Heart Opening

One of the greatest lessons I’ve learned from yoga so far is how to open my heart consciously. There are lots of other ways to do this, but it wasn’t until yoga that I became mindful of the somatic or ‘feeling’ of my heart opening and closing. Nothing feels better than opening the heart and nothing feels worse than closing it. I’m starting to get the hang of the sensations and am learning to stay mindful of the movements throughout the day.

It’s an eye opening experience. I highly recommend it. Take a moment to warm up (maybe 10 minutes of Sun Salutations) and then go into Wheel or Camel Pose. Try it several times. Then just feel your heart…so many things come up for me when I do this…it’s a really interesting experiment.
I am starting to understand on a much deeper level the truth in the fact that life is all about Love. Not the kind that you give only when you get something in return…the kind that flows through you to everyone equally whenever you are wide open to it.
So, today I’m thankful for my asana practice and the understanding it has given me about the energy flow in and through my body.

Published by Gita Matlock

Gita is a writer, speaker, and nonprofit professional. She earned a bachelors degree in international studies from Pepperdine University and a masters degree in nonprofit administration from the University of San Francisco. She has traveled extensively and held leadership positions with national and international nonprofit organizations. She was born, raised, and now resides with her husband and two children at Ananda Village, the first of eight cooperative Kriya Yoga communities founded by Swami Kriyananda, a direct disciple of Paramhansa Yogananda.

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