by Kara-Leah Grant, avid promotor of home yoga practice. It’ll change your world (because you are your world).
So my gorgeous and most-wonderful man left on Thursday for six weeks. And on Friday I had a brilliant idea.
I’ll do a specific Forty Days of Yoga practice while he’s away!
Now what will I do… how about one of my old favourites, a Heart-Opening Kriya (see below for a PDF of this kriya) I learned many moons ago? Nothing like a little heart-opening to prepare for my man’s home-coming. 🙂
Yes folks, this is one simple step you can take to open your heart chakra – practice this heart-opening kriya every day for forty days.
What do I mean by heart-opening?
I mean you will feel lighter, more connected to life, more connected to people, giddy with joy at times, kinder, softer and happier. At least – that’s how I feel when I practice it on a regular basis.
That’s the simple step – practice the heart-opening kriya. It’s not easy though… no, no, no. Even I, who has years of experience at practicing yoga daily, can still find it difficult to do the simple things.
Yes, Day One of my new Forty Day practice and I had serious mat resistance.
I didn’t want to go anywhere heart-opening at all. My mind filled up with a hundred reasons why I didn’t want to do this particular practice, why I didn’t want to start a specific Forty Day practice and why I didn’t want to write about the process.
I listened to my mind churning it’s bullshit. And got on my mat anyway. I’ll start with sun salutations, I reasoned. I need to warm up my body. That’ll do. That’ll be enough.
Did my sun salutations. Felt good. Did a few standing leg splits, standing forward bends, dancer’s pose… hmmm. Feeling great. Ready to sit down now. Hero’s pose. Opening through the shoulders and neck. Hmmm… got some tension there. Know what would feel really good?
So I did it.
And as soon as I started, I’m wondering;
Why the hell was I resisting this? Why did I not want to do this? This is going to be so damn awesome!
By the time I’d finished, I was in blissed-out grace… oh I love this series. It really does open the heart! Wow!
And I only did 1 minute per posture. If I’m going to do forty days in a row… I must be able to build up to at least 3 minutes per posture. What would that feel like?
So here’s the commitment folks, and I invite you to join in with me.
For the next forty days, I am going to do Heart-Opening Kriya every single day. I’m starting with one minute per posture, and will slowly increase the time. I’ll likely do other yoga as well, because that’s just the way I work. But this will be my anchor, my must-do every single day no matter what.
I’ll write about my experience every ten days or so, letting you know how I’m getting on, plus I’ll write about it daily on the Forty Days of Yoga Facebook Page, so like that page if you want to get those daily updates.
If you want to commit to your own forty day practice, either of Heart-Opening Kriya, or something different, leave a comment below. Make your public declaration and be specific – what practice are you going to do and what day are you starting? I started on Sunday August 18th.
Look forward to having you along for the ride!