The world is a delicate balance between light and dark. Yin and yang.
At this moment in time, most of us are experiencing a weight we’ve never shouldered before. Feeling overwhelmed with the constant bombardment of news, the new reality we’re living in, and the sense our world is forever changed doesn’t exactly encourage a feeling of well-being. Although many events are outside of our personal control, we do have the ability to manage our personal reactions and find balance.
Yoga is an excellent tool to help us lighten the emotional and mental impact of all these changes and shift our perception. We all see the world through a unique lens shaped by our life and personal experiences. Sometimes we need a little polishing of the lens when it appears cloudy or dark. When we move energy through our bodies with certain asanas and breathing techniques, we can release stuck energy and alleviate patterns that aren’t serving us. This week, we’re here to offer some classes to help you lift your spirits.
Our yoga practice acts as a reset button and is constantly changing, just like the world around us. So we adapt and practice in different ways according to how we feel in any given moment. If you’re feeling a preponderance of heaviness or darkness, this means you’re holding onto too much Tamas, the universal element or guna representing solidity and inertia. Dedicating some time to asana, pranayama, and meditation directed toward a more sattvic state of harmony and light will help lift the weight.
Heart-opening poses like backbends, increase your energy, your oxygen levels, and your heart chakra, and are excellent for your spine. Emotionally and mentally, expanding the front of your body helps lift your mood and relieve anxiety. Our perspective on life is shaped from the inside out. Spending time to lighten your psyche and to simply feel good will build a reserve of inner-strength and enhance your ability to navigate through uncertain times. These classes are all about a more positive head and heart space.
1. Caitlin Rose Kenney - Backbends for Dusting of the Heart
2. Kristin Gibowicz - Metamorphosis Flow: Taking Flight
3. Alanna Kaivalya - Leaning Toward the Light: The Power of Discernment
4. Christen Bakken - Flow for a Grateful Heart
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