It’s Valentine’s season, and images of love are everywhere. Personally I love Valentine’s day and usually spend it making (and eating) gluten free chocolaty deliciousness. Sometimes the media hype around the holiday is less than sweet, and can fuel unrealistic definitions of love. Even the Super Bowl was sponsored by a diamond jewelry company urging viewers to buy a ring if you truly love her, or make those of us who don’t have a sparkly rock somehow less loved.
It is not true!
Yoga philosophy reminds us that love is infinite and all around us at any moment ready to be recognized, cultivated, and expanded. If you want to find true love, incorporate these three techniques at your next yoga class. You will unlock your heart and open your awareness to love that is already right in front of you.
Before Yoga Class – Set Your Awareness on Love
Before your next yoga class or meditation, take a few minutes to focus your awareness on your heart center, or anahata chakra. Close your eyes and begin by taking a few deep centering breaths. Imagine, think or feel a brilliant emerald green light emanating from the center of your chest. With each breath expand that green light throughout your body. Silently repeat the primordial sound associated with the heart chakra, “YUM, YUM, YUM…”.
When you feel ready, open your eyes. Take a few moments to notice any shifts in your body, mind and spirit before moving on to the yoga asanas.
During class – Circulate Love With Every Breath
Yoga class should always focus primarily on the breath. Have the intention of circulating love with every breath during your asana practice. As you inhale, breath in love. As you exhale, give love back. Continue with the awareness of inhaling and exhaling love with every breath. If your mind begins to drift, lovingly bring it back to the intention of circulating love.
After Class – Keep Your Focus on Love
You hear your yoga teacher say it all the time, “find your drishti”. Drishti is a Sanskrit word that means view or focal point. The ancient yogis discovered that where our gaze is directed our attention naturally follows, and that the quality of our gazing is directly reflected in the quality of our mental thoughts. You can use the drishti concept off the mat and into your everyday life. After your yoga class make love your focal point. Practice seeing it in all things; the wag of a dog’s tail, the sound of a soulful song, even graffiti can be love if you are willing to open your eyes to it.
Open your eyes to love – it is everywhere!
Remember that you are loved exactly as you are in this moment. You don’t need to do anything to be loved, you just need to open your mind, body and spirit up to the love that is all around you. Use these tools to remind you that your true Self is never without love.