The Purpose Of A Yoga Practice…..

” Yoga is best known as a set of physical practices that include gentle stretches, breathing practices, and progressive deep relaxation. These physical practices are intended to ready the body and mind for meditation as well as for a meditative perspective on life. These meditative practices also follow a sequence. First developed is the capacity to withdraw the senses from focus on the outer world, then, the capacity to concentrate on a meditative subject—a candle flame, a sacred or uplifting word or image, or the movement of the breath. Finally, and for most of us only occasionally, the concentration leads into a wordless and timeless experience of inner peace. The Yoga masters describe various subtleties among these states of inner peace, but most of us, at best, achieve moments of this experience from time to time.” —Michael Lerner, Choices in Healing

Open your Heart…..

For many, “opening your heart” implies receptivity to love and intimacy in a romantic relationship — bring on the candy and flowers.
Back bends, also known as heart openers, focus on the heart chakra.  Consider the slumped shoulders of someone who is depressed and lonely. This is because the heart chakra is closed up and needs to be opened. We all feel emotional pain at times, and caring for your heart chakra, helping it open, will assist you in giving and receiving love –  especially in a time like valentines month, when love is in the air!

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