What is yoga for the heart?
A strong and healthy heart is something that we all wish for and as February is Heart Awareness month we thought now was the perfect time to share with you how Yoga can help you keep your heart strong and healthy.
Yoga can help keep your heart healthy or help you overcome heart-related issues in many ways including:
helping to manage anxiety, stress and depression
helping you to feel better about yourself
helping to physically strengthen your body and increase your flexibility
The beneficial effects [of yoga on the heart] could be due to the combined effects of practising yoga postures (which work the muscles), breathing (which can bring more oxygen into the body and reduce blood pressure), and relaxation and meditation (which calm the sympathetic nervous system, which is responsible for the body’s fight-or-flight response to stress). www.bhf.org.uk
Yoga and Compassion
Yoga can help physically strengthen the heart but it can also help us to cultivate feelings of gratitude, appreciation and compassion. Compassion for ourselves, for our immediate circle including friends and family, and for our wider environment including nature and the animals that we share our planet with.
Gratitude is a feeling of being grateful for something. It is seeing your life through the lens of what you have, not what you don't. Which can be a really helpful slant to put on things if you're feeling a little blue, or like there isn't enough time in the day, or there are certain things in your life you want to be different.
Yoga and the Heart Chakra
According to yoga your body has 7 chakras and each relates to a different part of your body, your energy and your life. Your heart Chakra is called Anahata and is located in the centre of your chest, behind your sternum. Signs that your heart chakra may be a little off balance may include feelings of loneliness, disconnection, hurt or cold-heartedness.
You have the power to shift blockages in all of your chakras, and below is a practice you can do to start clearing out stagnant energy from around your heart. Take it slow, be gentle to your body and mind, and enjoy the practice.
Several yoga postures can help you to activate or connect to your heart chakra, which leaves you feeling strong, confident and connected to yourself. Always follow heart opening postures with a gentle forward fold or back stretch. Try the simple sequence below right now.
Yoga for Love & Relationships
This Valentine's Day join us for a wonderful webinar with our YTT Partner, Jeenal from WYLA, as she shares incredible insight from the Ancient Wisdom of Yoga Philosophy on the Art of Love & Relationships. This webinar is perfect for you if:
you're seeking the perfect relationship
you're in a loving relationship and wish to take it to the next level
you're in a difficult relationship with stress & worries and you're looking for guidance
When: Sunday 14 February at 1.30pm (UK time)
Where: Online (free of charge)
How do I join: book your spot here and we'll send you the zoom link a couple of hours before the event.
Heart Opening Sequence
For a little bit of love right now, hit play and join me in this wonderful heart opening sequence.
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Carrie is a co-founder of The Frog Project, yoga teacher, yoga teacher trainer and full time stay at home mum to two smalls. When she's not playing with the kids or practicing yoga, you'll likely find her in the middle of her veg patch, trowel in hand and covered in mud. She loves the outdoors, and would camp every night given the chance. She and her partner in crime, Martin, set up The Frog Project with the aim of bringing classical yoga to all, and deliver live online classes with a group of dedicated teachers, to students of all experiences, ages, shapes, sizes, jobs, lives, you name it, from all around the world. Join them now and get 15 days of free unlimited classes. It's just yoga.