The tower at the Pithlachascotee River
Today I led my first yoga class/workshop. I’ve spent the last few days with my mom in my hometown. In honor of her (and because she is feeling the effects of heart disease), the workshop theme was Open Heart Yoga.
Earlier in the week I put up fliers around town (at Starbucks, Panera and the laundromat) and hoped for the best. I also made an announcement at water aerobics this morning (btw, water aerobics are fun and I plan to do them every day in my retirement!).
The workshop was scheduled for 2, and rain showers started falling from the sky at 1. Luckily a few people still showed up, and it was a happy and spiritual experience.
I started with a little talk about the heart chakra, and some short chanting and meditation. I used part of this guided meditation, which talks about self-love and compassion. We did a gentle practice with plenty of heart opening poses. I had another guided meditation planned for the end, but the water pouring down from the sky served as nature’s guided meditation. We relaxed into savasana with soft sounds of rain. As things ended, no one wanted to leave the soothing environment.
Our friend around the corner
We talked about how the heart is our center, and an open heart keeps us balanced. In order to radiate love and compassion out into the world, we must first give it to ourselves through unconditional love and self-acceptance.
Here are a few ways to show self-love:
- light scented candles
- listen to your favorite music
- cuddle with a pet
- chat with a friend
- laugh, smile
- give and receive hugs
- do yoga
- go for a walk
- sit in nature
- read inspiring books, articles, quotes
If you know someone who is experiencing heart disease, this is a wonderful website with loads of info and support: www.womenheart.org. My mom plans to sign up for the Sister Match, which connects women who are going through similar experiences. There’s also a section dedicated to supporting women who want to stop smoking.
Please give yourself some love today!