Yoga with Dr. Melissa West 249 | Yoga for Hips and Heart | 45 min Intermediate Hatha Yoga Class

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Nourishment to Others


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This 45 minute intermediate hatha yoga class for hips and heart class combines yoga for hips to connect with the pleasure of our second chakra and yoga for heart to open to our nurturing spirit in order to be able to offer the pleasure of nourishment to others. This gentle yoga class is full of hip stretches and yoga backbends that will help your hip flexors, hip muscles, tight hips and offer you the best of yoga backbends with heart opening yoga.

We will begin with yoga hip openers half happy baby pose or ardha ananda balasana and happy baby pose or ananda balasana. From there we will move into a gentle backbend cat pose or marjaryasana. Pigeon is the next hip opening yoga for tight hips. Then lunge pose will help those tight hip flexors. Warrior one will also stretch your hip flexors. Matsyendrasana and Cow’s Face pose will get into those tight hips and are some of the best hip openers in yoga. We will finish with savasana and a mantra to open your heart.

This class combines hip openers to connect with the pleasure of our second chakra and heart openers to open to our nurturing spirit in order to be able to offer the pleasure of nourishment to others.

Part of being a yogi is taking all the benefits of our practice and offering it out into the world so that we can be of benefit to all beings. As the words lokah samastah sukhino bhavanatu say: May all beings be happy and free and may the thoughts words and actions of my own life contribute in some way to the happiness and freedom for all.

By practicing these nourishing practices for the last twelve weeks we are now in a position to offer the resources we have gathered within to all of those we are in relation with.

We have nourished our lives, the upward moving energy, the downward moving energy, the circulating energy, our sight, our hearing, our minds, speech, soul, and we have rested in that nourishment. We are nourished.

From that space of nourishment we are ready to offer the fruits of our practice to others. Mayi Dehi.

Shambhavi Chopra says, “Focusing the light of love on our inner world creates the space for real transformation. This inner awareness transcends our primeval impulses of conflict and assertion which contradict our true nature of peace, releasing all illusion, hurt and blame. Understanding our true nature and taking responsibility for all our actions allows us to transform the darkness of our worldly desires into the light of bliss.” ( from The Soma of Universal Delight)

Reflect on your life right now. What is it that you are trying to create, sustain, release or rebirth in your life. How could this class most benefit you? Begin for form an intention for what it is you would like to receive by practicing this yoga today. Perhaps there is somebody to whom you would like to dedicate the fruits of your practice. Go ahead and form your intention or dedication.

Did you like today’s show? Share it with a friend or email it to a coworker. Like it and subscribe to our channel. Leave your comment below. Today’s question is: How do you take the benefits of your practice and offer nourishment to others?

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From the Bhagavad Gita Class – A class on Love as a Devotional Practice – Uses the Lokah Samastah Mantra and Loving Kindness Meditation and Mudras:

Another class from the Bhagavad Gita series about Karma Yoga – the yoga of action and selfless service:

From the 5 Bhava series the class on Maternal Love – offering love maternally.

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Props Needed: Round Bolster, Blocks, Meditation Cushion or Folded Blanket, yoga strap

Yoga Postures/Yoga Asana: 1/2 happy baby/ardha ananda balasana, happy baby pose/ananda balasana, cat pose/marjaryasana, Pigeon pose/Eka Pada Rajakapotasana, Ayurdehi Mantra with Ardharechita Mudra, Anjaneyasana/Lunge Pose, Warrior One/Virabhadrasana One, Wide Legged Standing Forward Fold/Prasarita Padottanasana, Pigeon pose/Eka Pada Rajakapotasana, Matsyendrasana/Half Lord of the Fishes Pose,Ardha Gomukhasana/Half Cow’s Face Pose, Savasana, Lokah Samastah, Sukhino Bhavanthu

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