Heart space

Sun in heart of hands

“The little space within the heart
is as great as the vast universe.

The heavens and the earth are there,
and the sun and the moon and the stars.
Fire and lightening and winds are there,
and all that now is and all that is not.”

The Upanishads

We can sense that space within the heart through practicing postures that bring an awareness to the heart area, such as Utkatasana (Chair of the Heart) and Parsvottanasana (charity pose). They help us to reflect on what it means to be open-hearted.

I experienced the warmth of many open hearts when I visited the Mandala Yoga Ashram on their open day last weekend. Situated high on a hillside in the depths of Wales, reached by a narrow track, climbing upwards through the mist. Finding a warm welcome, smiling faces, flowers, and an amazing group of people who’d come together on that remote hillside.