Welcome to February! The month of Love (yes, I know – any excuse!). After all, what is Yoga, what is anything, if it does not come from a place of Love?
February: “I offer myself loving-kindness”
In February, we will be focusing on SELF-COMPASSION, kindness, and all things LOVE! It is often much easier to focus on the care and love we send out to others; our families, children, friends, colleagues, other people you care for. But do we show as much of this compassion to ourselves? We matter, right? So why is it trickier, sometimes awkward even, to consider loving and offering compassion to ourselves!
Yoga has taught me that in order to offer love and compassion outwardly; be this to my family and friends, those I work with and for, to those I share Yoga… I must care for and be compassionate with myself. That said, it is not easy! It is a daily practice; a constant self-reminder system of being friendlier to myself. Making that internal self-talk kinder and more forgiving. Treating yourself like you would treat your greatest friend.
We cannot pour from an empty vessel. But when we pour love and kindness into ourselves, it naturally spills out into everything we do, into everyone we come into contact with.
Our practice will connect us to our energetic heart space; the heart chakra.
In Tuesday classes we will be working towards Ushtrasana (Camel pose) with stages and modifications to explore. This is a wonderful pose that offers a deep opening across the heart space; opening the shoulders, chest and neck. It strengthens the mid back and posterior shoulder muscles, stretches the abdominal cavity, hip flexors, quadriceps and ankles.