Sun and moon – Leading from the heart

“My heart is burning with love. All can see this flame. My heart is pulsing with passion, like waves on an ocean. I’m at home, wherever I am. And in the room of lovers I can see with closed eyes the beauty that dances. Behind the veils intoxicated with love, I too dance the rhythm of this moving world.”  – Rumi
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The heart is our organ of desire, the 4th chakra; anahata. Our energy centre and the seat of balance within the body. Siva and Sakti reside here. An eternal flame that needs love and nourishment. If our hearts are happy, we pulse at a higher frequency and attract positive action and outcomes.
Our hearts are the gateway to our inner wisdom.  We can encourage our heart to blossom through our yoga practice and we can find a deep rooted joy and develop the ability to love ourselves and others unconditionally. The connection with our inner wisdom meaning that we trust more what we feel, analyse less and have greater clarity of thought. Quieting the mind and the inner critic so that noise and chatter from these is not overruling our hearts.
Many yoga postures focus on opening the heart, anything where the focus is opening front body will have a positive influence on the heart. In my experience though as a yoga practitioner, I am finding that more and more I wish to find the freedom in my asana to really listen to what my heart is saying and I can achieve this with music and movement. Rather than getting stuck in postures that don’t serve me, I’m exploring more the pulsation of my breath and my heart and tuning into my internal rhythms whilst practicing to a deep and rhythmic play list.  
This is meaning that my teaching is becoming more expressive, move instinctive and less rigid and precise. I believe we have to practise with bio mechanical awareness to ensure we remain safe in our practice but within this, let’s explore more. Let’s be more creative and fluid with our movement. Let’s tune into what feels good and what our individual bodies need. Let’s find siva and sakti in our hearts. Our yoga should be the opportunity to lose inhibitions, dance with our breath and find our inner smile.
Siva and sakti, the sun and the moon, the yang and the yin. If we have the desire to achieve a deeper practice then our heart is lit by the sun – if however, we have a desire to do less and have a quieter practice then our heart is lit by the moon. Respecting also the cycles of the moon and honouring both new and full moon.
Check in with yourself before your practice and check-in with how you feel in your heart. Listen to your inner wisdom and let that guide you.
My teaching now offers a lot more adjustments and assists and different options depending on if you are sun or moon aligned. Regardless of where you start, journey and finish your practice, you are listening to the needs of your heart and honouring what your needs are in the present moment.
Be present to the present moment. Understanding that less is often more. Leading from the heart.
Live well, live happy, rest and renew.
Hoping to see you soon and if you have anything you specifically want to focus on in class or have a question relating to therapy or 1 to 1 or anything yoga, please let me know.