Giving depends on receiving. Simply put, I cannot give unless there is someone to receive what I have to give. It is a balance… much like inhaling and exhaling. They go work together to create something bigger than their individual parts. One without the other just doesn’t really work.
So today, we will examine some poses that help us to open our hearts in order that we might be able to give and receive more. Opening our hearts (and our minds) is an important part of giving and receiving. You can only truly give what you are willing to receive yourself. So, this brief flow will help us to keep our hearts open during this season focused on giving and receiving.
- Begin with your hands over heart for some opening breath work and grounding. Perhaps you have a favorite breath, or maybe you just want to sit in stillness and let the breath flow naturally. Either way, connect to your heart as you do so. As you breathe consider all the things you have to give and/or how you can be open to receiving. Stay here for 2-3 minutes or until your body, mind, and breath are settled.
- Next, do a few rounds of Seated cat/cow, inhale and look up, squeezing shoulder blades together and opening up your chest, then exhale rounding your back like an angry cat, pulling the belly button in and letting the chin fall toward the chest. Repeat 8-10 times.
- Stretch your legs out in front of you, inhale arms up overhead, and then exhale and hinge forward at the hips for Forward fold. Stay here for 4-8 breathes, then exhale and slowly roll up.
- Place your hands on the floor behind you with your fingers pointing toward your body. If reverse plank is available to you, engage the core, inhale and lift your bottom up off the floor coming into reverse plank. Open your heart to the sky and breath here for 2-4 breaths, then slowly release yourself form the pose.
- Reposition yourself so you are sitting up on your knees. Next we will come into camel pose. Begin by placing your hands in about the same area you would if you were sliding them into the back pockets of a pair of jeans. Then gently press your pelvis forward, arching your back and leaning your head back to open up your heart and throat. You can stay here for a few breaths or drop your hands down to a block (position between the calves), or your heels, whichever is available to your body. After 3-5 breaths in the pose, engage the core, inhale the head up first, then begin to come up out of camel.
- From here come into child’s pose, bringing your forehead to the ground and resting your arms back alongside your body. Breathe here for 8-20 breaths.
- Lastly for this brief flow, we will come into fish. Sitting upright with legs stretched out long in front of you, place your fingers just under your bottom and slowly lower down onto your forearms/elbows. Once in position gently lower your head back as well, again opening the throat and heart area. Breathe here for 3-5 breaths.
- Lower yourself down to the ground and come into Savasana. Lay with arms at your side, palms facing up (to receive). Relax here for at least 2-4 minutes before returning to your day.