Cassie and I are fighting against the commercialization of Yoga!! Well, in fact, Yoga Quota is based on that premise by making yoga accessible to all! A little thing we are also doing is sharing yoga sequences, for free. Try this heart opening sequence at home over Christmas to feel the love and generosity of the season in your body!
Why the heart?
The heart chakra Anahata, is (obviously) in your chest region. Opening it will both make you feel physically awesome (posture in particular) but also in tune with your generosity and love. Perfect for Christmas time, no?
Pranayama and Intention
Get your mindset right by setting an intention for the practice. Say, dedicate your practice to a loved one.
Yogi three part breathing which really focuses you into the chest area.
Consider holding your hands in a lotus mudra to really promote a loving feeling.
Seat in the lotus (or Sukasana cross legged)
Hug a tree trunk and lean back (yes seriously!)
Swim forward like breast stroke
Repeat with each breath
Salute the Sun
Build up some fire with 5 sun salutation As. Remember to go slowly and pair each movement with an inhale or an exhale.
Add some heart elements to your sun salutations. Each sun salutation add one more posture. Do this on the left then the right. Then add the next posture on the left and the right:
This mini 'mandala' sequence or circle sequence will open your heart. Do thes postures on the right leg until you face the back of the room. Then on the right leg again to get to the front of the room again. Then do them on the left leg until you face the back, and the left leg until you face the front!
Go for a tree on left and right but stick with your hands in prayer at your chest so the contact really makes you remember your heart. (Image thanks to knittenofbritain.com )
Slow down for Savasana
Get some floor work in you! This starts to wind you down for Savasana the best bit of yoga!
Savasana.... ah Bliss
Even if you're alone at home you are cheating yourself out of most of the benefits if you don't lie still in Savasana. Try your best to not think, or at least just notice what you are thinking with no judgement! Complete your practice by returning to the intention that you set at the beginning and thanking yourself for doing your yoga today.