Courage to be me! Encourage you to be you!
This week I’ve been practicing courage on the mat and as a teacher. The word courage comes from the Latin cor and the French coeur which means HEART!
In the yogic tradition, the heart centre anahata chakra is where we find balance between our life purpose and our embodied nature rooted in our individual needs, desires and innate capacities. It is where we acknowledge vulnerability in ourselves and strive to CONNECT with others on that basis! Opening the heart is being courageous enough to be you, right now, just as you are.
As a new teacher I’m still working on holding sacred space, finding my authentic voice, and guiding others. For me, this means finding the COURAGE to go beyond the asana, to realize teaching moments where I can en’courage’ others towards their highest selves. Beyond the mat and into the world!
Try this heart-opening sequence and let me know what came up for you!
Sitting meditation and set intention to connect to what you love about yourself
Sitting side stretches- hips up heart open (2x)
Cat-Cow (4x)- Downdog-step fwd and roll up Tadasana
Ardhva hastasana with back bend- Uttanasana
Anjaneyasana- Ardha hanumanasana (2x)
Dogsplit- Runner’s lunge- Side plank with back bend- Hip joint mandala
Balasana- step fwd – Goddess pose with Gomukhasana arms, fold forward
Prasarita paddotanasana (come fwd to balls of feet, courage!)- Downdog
Cat- cow /with tiger tail
Dogsplit- Standing split- Utkatasana-twist open arms
Trikonasana- Half moon (float onto/past fingers- courage!)
Locust A, B
Dhanurasana- Parsva dhanurasana
Dog split- Standing split- Utkatasana- twist open arms
Lunge twist- drop knee Anjaneyasana- quad stretch
Ardha hanumanasana with twist- Downdog
Half moon with backbend
Tadasana for 5 breaths
Supta knee to chest- knee to armpit
Jathara twists- Happy baby