RESTORATIVE YOGA FOR THE HEART CHAKRA

LENGTH: 45 minutes

BENEFITS:
gently opens the heart chakra, emotional support, grief support, relaxation, may alleviate fatigue,

ABOUT THIS CLASS:
This class opens the heart space with very gentle stretches to help you release stagnated emotional energy that may be keeping you from fully opening to love and life.

PROPS FOR THIS CLASS:
1-2 yoga blocks, folded blanket, bolster or stack of pillows. Can be done in bed if desired.

OSES IN THIS SEQUENCE:

x balasana - child's pose
x seated cat/cow stretches
x parsva sukhasana - seated side body stretch
x matsyasana - supported fish pose
x parsva savasana - side lying pose/side stretch
x savasana - corpse pose


HEART CHAKRA LECTURE

Trauma is the #1 reason the heart chakra (or any of the chakras, really) comes out of alignment. And every single person on this planet has experienced trauma to some degree. Trauma simply means an unresolved injury (mental or emotional) that is affecting your life in the present.

This can look like a car accident, emotional abuse, losing a loved one, a bad breakup, or...living with chronic illness.

So many of us have been traumatized by our illnesses and by the medical industry, and this can leave us feeling disconnected from other people and from ourselves. We feel misunderstood and afraid of getting hurt again.

This fear can cause us to start to isolate, to start building walls around our heart in order to try and keep ourselves safe. This can manifest as giving too much of yourself and not asking for help when you need it. Putting on a smile and not letting anyone see the reality of how much pain you're in. And it's a valid response to have after you've been hurt, but keeping everyone at arm's length can eventually become a detriment when you're living with chronic illness and are in need of a good support system. 

There are good people in this world who want to support and love you. And you are worthy of receiving that support and love.


The heart chakra is located at the heart center directly behind the sternum and radiates in all directions. It governs the circulatory system and is associated with our emotions, empathy, compassion and our ability to give and receive love. 

This month inside Spoonie Yoga Tribe, we'll be exploring yoga and lifestyle practices that help balance the heart chakra so that we can begin healing and exploring these walls we've built around ourselves. And ultimately decide if they're still serving us or if it's time to let go.

LENGTH: 13 MINUTES

FOUNDATIONS OF YOGA: BACK BENDS

LENGTH: 20 minutes

BENEFITS
opens the chest and shoulders, strengthens the back muscles, stretches the hip flexors, stimulating and energizing

ABOUT THIS CLASS:
This class teaches you how to safely practice backbends without compressing the lower back or injuring the neck.

PROPS FOR THIS CLASS:
Two yoga blocks and a folded blanket.

POSES IN THIS SEQUENCE:

x bharmanasana - tabletop pose
x cat/cow stretches
x bhujangasana - cobra pose
x eka pada rajakapotasana - pigeon pose
x balasana - child's pose
x ustrasana - camel pose
x paschimottanasana - seated forward fold
x jathara parivartanasana - supine twist
x savasana - corpse pose

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30 MIN CHAKRA HEALING YOGA FLOW

CHAKRA HEALING YOGA

x savasana
x spine rolls
x seated cat/cow
x neck circles
x table top - stretch legs
x anahatasana - heart melting pose
x bhujangasana - cobra pose
x balasana - child’s pose
x table top
x anjaneyasana - low lunge
x balasana - child’s pose
x seated twist
x sukhasana - seated movement meditation

 

LENGTH: 30 minutes

ABOUT THIS PRACTICE:
Vinyasa means to flow, linking movement with breath, and that’s what we’ll be doing in this class. The poses in this sequence activate and balance the seven major chakras. 

BENEFITS:
chakra healing, grounding, spinal flexibility and health, energizing, strength building

PROP RECOMMENDATIONS:
None required. You might like to use a blanket to cushion your joints.

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HEART CENTERED FLOOR YOGA FLOW

LENGTH: 10 minutes

ABOUT THIS PRACTICE:
This short class reconnects you with your heart so that you can tune into how you’re feeling and rediscover that oasis of self-awareness even in the middle of a busy day. 

BENEFITS:
calming, grounding, opens the heart chakra, strengthens the upper body

PROP RECOMMENDATIONS:
blanket to pad knees (optional)

POSES IN THIS CLASS:

x heart movement meditation
x cat/cow stretches
x parsva balasana - thread the needle
x anahatasana - melting heart pose - aka puppy pose or extended child’s pose
x seated meditation

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