Dipping in to a lovely book by Shiva Rea at the moment, called ‘Tending the Heart Fire‘. Wonderful photos, easy to read and full of wisdom. Inspiring me to focus on some heart opening postures and sequences over the next couple of weeks, both for myself and in my classes. Dru yoga has these in abundance, helping to make the heart lighter and lift the spirits. Simple techniques that can really make a difference if you’re feeling a bit down or miserable. Movement of any sort – walking, dancing, swimming, can get you off the sofa and start the process of feeling better about yourself. But heart opening yoga like the Charity pose (Parsvottanasana), Chair of the Heart (Utkatasana) and Dru’s Sequence of Compassion is even better!
Here’s a short excerpt from the book…….
“If we drop into our feeling sensations of our body, we discern a subtle reverberation of this light in our chests as a deep, penetrating heat that ebbs and flows, expands and recedes, dims and intensifies. While we many not often pause to think about it, this intimate connection and truth in our hearts is reflected in our speech by how we counsel one another: ‘Listen to your heart’. ‘Trust your heart’. ‘Follow your heart’. Our heart feels ‘heavy’, or we are ‘light-hearted’. When we affirm the truth, we ‘swear upon’ our heart, instinctively making the universal mudra of connecting hand to heart. When we open to our heart’s deepest knowing, we have a ‘change of heart’.”
“In our hearts, there burns a fire
That burns all veils to their root and foundation
When the veils have been burned away
Then the heart will understand completely.
Ancient love will unfold ever-fresh forms
In the heart of the Spirit, in the core of the heart.” Rumi