The Heart of Practice Challenge 

Host Keri Verna (AKA Beach Yoga Girl) wrote that she chose the postures because they were some of her favorite and made a nice heart shape when grouped together. But as many of them are also heart openers and because I have written about most of these postures in earlier blog posts, I thought we could focus instead on the heart.  And specifically on the heart chakra, aka the Anahata Chakra, your fourth chakra.

The heart chakra is related to the color green and the air element. If you have excessive energy in your heart chakra, it can manifest itself in your being codependent, having negative relationships, enforcing poor boundaries, being possessive, and in feelings of jealousy. If your energy is deficient in your heart chakra, it will manifest feelings of shyness, loneliness, isolation, lack of empathy, bitterness and in your being excessively critical.

It is believed that, if developed properly, your heart chakra should be established between the ages of four and seven years old. However, it can develop as an adult, and sometimes not at all if you are stuck in manipura – the third chakra – which is related to issues around power, shame, ego and self-esteem.

When your heart chakra is in balance, you will feel compassion for all living beings. You will be kind, caring and feel completely at ease not only with yourself but with others. Some of the postures below are heart openers, and as such can help you get back in to balance in your heart chakra. I have seen people come flying out of heart openers as the emotions become too much to handle. So don’t be surprised if that happens to you.

The postures themselves were as follows*:
1. Triangle Pose (Trikonasana)
2. Dolphin Pose (Ardha Pincha Mayurasana)
3. Camel Pose (Ustrasana) ❤
4. Pigeon Pose (a variation on Kapotasana)
5. Upward Facing Dog (Urdhva Mukha Svanasana) ❤
6. Side Plank (Vasisthasana)
7. Downward Facing Dog (Adho Mukha Svanasana)
8. Heron Pose (Krounchasana)
9. Big Toe Pose (Padangusthasana)
10. Bow Pose (Dhanurasana) ❤
11. Half Lord of the Fishes Pose (Ardha Matsyendrasana)
12. Monkey Pose (Hanumanasana) – or a side split
13. Lotus Pose (Padmasana)
14. Boat Pose (Navasana)
15. Urdhva-Mukha Paschimottanasana
16. Puppy Pose (Uttana Shishosana)
17. Half Moon Pose (Ardha Candrasana) ❤
18. Firefly Pose (Titibasana)
19. Scorpion Pose (Vrschikasana)
20. Tree Pose (Vriksasana)
21. Headstand Splits
22. Crow/Crane Pose (Bakasana)
23. Dancer’s Pose (Natarajasana) ❤

*If you only click on one of the above, I would suggest #20, Tree Pose, as you will get to see my lovely daughter giving it a try. XOXO



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