Thursday, September 30, 2010

Focus, Intention and living from your Heart.

My yoga practice today brought me back to my roots and reminded me of why I practice Forrest Yoga. So much change is possible in the body, mind and spirit when you take time to breathe with focus and intention. Focus and Intention are the seeds for growth to become the person you are meant to be.

I experienced a shift in myself this morning. We worked backbends and heart openers. I discovered my own blocked heart energy resembled dirt: it was brown and dry and crumbly. It was old and mostly healed, like a giant scab that hasn’t quite fallen off yet. I mentally turned to the polar opposite of Earth and focused my breathing instead on bringing in the energy of Water to flush away the dirt and flood my heart with cool hydration.

About half way through class, I felt this technique begin to work it’s magic. I felt my ribs start to open and my diaphragm move with a greater range of motion. Heat built around my solar plexus and I felt light hearted. Which is not to say the class was physically easy, quite the opposite; it was a vigorous Forrest class. But the intensity of the class helped quiet my mind and focus instead on breathing new life into my heart.

I challenge you, my reader, to look into your own heart. Then make time today to do ONE thing to make your heart happy. It can be something as simple as taking a walk to enjoy the fall colors, doing something selfless for another, or playing fetch with your dog. What ever you decide to do: find joy in your activity and pass it on.

1 comment:

  1. I am so glad you were able to achieve this. I am a fairly new yogini. I've been practicing for about six months but I am IN LOVE and very committed and do plan on getting my certification in the future. I wish you the best in your practice.