Love Yoga, Love Yourself

Several thousand years ago, Rumi, a Sufi poet and mystic, penned the beautiful verse, “Your task is not to seek for love, but merely to seek and find all the barriers within yourself that you have built against it.” Love is abundant. You don’t need much to feel it. All you need is an open heart and the remembrance that love is everywhere, and yoga can help.

 

Aside from the many health benefits of yoga, we also become open to the enchantment that lies within us when we practice. In other words, yoga helps dismantle those barriers that keep us from experiencing love.

 

Realign with yourself, and rekindle your love affair with life.

 

Set Your Intention

 

Stand in Tadasana (mountain pose). Bring your awareness from your busy brain to the quiet space inside your heart. Imagine your heart is filled with warmth, joy and love. Set your intention to be receptive to the love that lies within you.

 

Warm Up

 

Sun salutations are a great way to warm your heart. While your body and breath are in the flow, imagine the sun as a love-giving source of energy. Bow to its magnificence as you exhale and fold forward, and rise up with its heart-healing power as you raise your arms up to the sky.

 

Cool Down

 

While in those deeply relaxing poses near the end of your practice, lengthen your exhales just a bit. At the very end of your exhale, imagine any walls, barriers or blocks that keep you from loving every aspect of your life, simply melting around you. Notice your skin tingling with the exhilaration and excitement that being a lover of life can bring.

 

Soak It In

 

Savasana, (final relaxation) is a great time to reflect on your intention. Imagine your desires raining down on you, rinsing away rigidity, fear, and any barriers that keep you from feeling true, divine love.

 

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