Week 4: Heart Opening
By Esther Ekhart, Esther Teule
Be courageous and open yourself up!
What connects us all together? This week open your heart and connect to yourself and to others.
This week's classes are strengthening and invigorating. Increase the mobility in your spine.
Day 1 : We're open!
In this Yoga class we contemplate what connects us all. You are reminded to stay open no matter whether a pose is easy or more difficult. Just like in daily life. Yoga is not about achieving the posture but about how you approach a posture and your life.Leave a comment
About this class Teacher Esther Ekhart Level All Levels Duration 34:21 Style Vinyasa FlowExtra content
The yin/yang perspective
"The perspective of Yang and Yin energies is a beautiful metaphor for the heart of our practices of yoga: the balance and flow of dedicated commitment to practice and playful acceptance of what our practice brings." David Dodd looks at Yang and Yin on and off the mat.
Day 2: Heart opening meditation
When you feel overwhelmed and closed down, this meditation opens and softens the heart area, so you can connect again with yourself and others.Leave a comment
About this class Teacher Esther Teule Level Duration 23:47 Style MeditationExtra content
Heart opening activity
Make a list for yourself of things that open your heart, that make you feel safe, loved, seen. Also things that “melt” your heart, that touch you, soften you, make you want to give your love. e.g.
- Things that open your heart:
Somebody believing in you
Somebody telling you you are loved
Somebody really listening to you without interfering
Somebody holding you
- Things that melt your heart:
A child that smiles at you
The soft ears of your dog
The first rays of the sun in the morning
Watching a loved one sleep
Repeating yesterday's class?
How did yesterday's class go? If you feel like repeating it would be good for you, then please do! You can find the class here.
Day 3: Joyous, trusting heart
Enjoy some more heart opening yoga poses in this challenging yoga class. Start with Reclined Butterfly Pose, then a gentle flow, Sun Salutation B leads you towards some gentle backbends, culminating in Full Wheel Pose or Bridge Pose, yogi's choice! Feel the flow of energy and enjoy :) For this class you need a bolster and a block. If you do not have these you could use a pillow and maybe a book.Leave a comment
About this class Teacher Esther Ekhart Level All Levels Duration 45:42 Style Hatha, Vinyasa FlowExtra content
Day 4: Yin yoga for the heart
Join Esther in this short Yin Yoga practice where every pose is held for 3 minutes. This practice helps to quiet the mind, open the heart and balance you. This practice increases your breath awareness. This sequence was developed by Sarah Powers and can also be found in her brilliant book "Insight Yoga."Leave a comment
About this class Teacher Esther Ekhart Level All Levels Duration 28:38 Style Yin YogaExtra content
Class 5: Breathe through your open heart!
Open your heart, breathe and enjoy a nice, long, heart-opening flow class. Finish with 15 minute of relaxation and 15 minutes of meditation. Feel grounded, energized, connected and happy when you are finished. What more do you want...?Leave a comment
About this class Teacher Esther Ekhart Level All Levels Duration 87:00 Style HathaExtra content
Take a moment to reflect on these four weeks. If you journal, take a look back over your words. How do you feel it went for you? Did you keep up, or did you miss some days, etc.
We would love to hear from you how it went, so please leave a comment under today's class to let us know!
You have really gotten into the habit of a regular yoga practice so don't stop now. If you are feeling adventurous why not browse the videos page and pick whatever class appeals to you.
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