Make Your Heart Beat!

love-313417__180This week’s challenge was to use the heart opening postures of yoga to balance the anahata chakra. Anahata literally means  “unhurt, unstruck, and unbeaten”. I equate this to having a fire within your heart.

If the heart pathway is made clear and energy is allowed to flow freely,  you become a more passionate person. Once you feed yourself, you find it easier to instill the qualities of harmony, peace and love in others. Remember, deep within we are all inherently seeking love.  Love is all you need, love cures all, love is the answer.

Here are some ways that you can nourish your anahata chakra:

  • Connect with nature – get outside and find a source of inspiration
  • Hug more
  • Do a good deed
  • Spend time with animals
  • Use the essential oil Rose – smelling it actually brings a smile to your face
  • Surround yourself with what makes you happiest – flowers, music and photos can trigger positive emotions
  • Live by this quote from the poet Rumi, “Let yourself be silently drawn by the stronger pull of what you really love”

If you would like more insight into my heart’s desires, click on my pinterest link . Feel free to like, repin, or build your own boards.  It’s a fun way to discover your passions and find new sources of inspiration.

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Cats & Yoga

Why are cats so closely associated with yoga?

Maybe because they emulate it 24/7.  I mean, why aren’t all the postures named after cats?

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Photo from the New Yorker
To take this relationship one step further, I actually googled “cat yoga” and found a site called Meow Parlour that hosts cat yoga classes on Tuesdays at 3pm. The sessions are for yogis who enjoy being around cats. In an interview, the owner was asked,

“What should yogis expect in a Meow Parlour kitty yoga class?”

Her reply was, “A relaxing environment to do yoga in an intimate setting. Well, mostly relaxing. The cats always look like they’re judging us. Probably because they do yoga poses all day on a regular basis. So far, they are really weirded out by the whole thing and they very cautiously walk through the whole class.”

Sound familiar?