Heart Opening Yoga
by Dawna Markova
I will not die an unlived life,
I will not live in fear
Of falling or catching fire.
I choose to inhabit my days
To allow my living to open me,
To make me less afraid,
To loosen my heart
Until it becomes a wing,
A torch, a promise.
I choose to risk my significance; to live
So that which came to me as seed
Goes to the next as blossom
And that which came to me as blossom
Goes on as fruit.
By Dawna Markova, from the book I Will Not Die an Unlived Life
When we practice yoga, we move our body into shapes that “loosen our heart until it becomes a wing, a torch, a promise” the effect of such movements on our body is that the seeds that are held in our body become a blossom and then go on as a fruit.
Backbending yoga postures in particular open up our heart centers. In order to open our hearts, we must be rooted in legs and feet (in other words ourselves) and flexible in our spines. Backbending are postures of emergence and confidence. They help us to overcome doubts and fears about ourselves. By opening up the front of our body and strengthening the back of our body, we activate our innate ability to be present to life and to create – as the poem says.
Backbends take courage as they ask us to let go of the protective defenses around our heart including power and control issues so that we can express ourselves more fully. While backbending opens us to our vulnerability in order to express our authentic self, it also asks us to tap into our strength and our willingness to commit to our life’s purpose.
Props Needed: 2 blocks
Yoga Postures/Asanas: Supported Fish Pose/Salamba Matsyasana, Reclined Side Bend or Supta Ardha Chandrasana, Reclined Knee Down Twist or Supta Matsyendrasana, Lunge Pose or Anjaneyasana, Twist and Side Bend in Lunge Pose, Mudra: Vajra Mudra, Standing Twist, Standing Side Bend or Ardha Chandrasana, Warrior One or Virabhadrasana One, Wide Legged Standing Forward Fold or Prasarita Padottanasana, Downward Facing Dog or Adho Mukha Svanasana, Upward Facing Dog or Urdvha Mukha Svanasana, Dying Warrior, Upavista Konasana or Wide legged forward fold, Savasana or Corpse Pose
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