It’s that time again! CafeGanesha is traveling around the triangle, making pit stops on the way at some amazing yoga studios and spaces, connecting with the local yogis and yoginis, and shining the spotlight on the pockets of light that shine so brightly all over our geographic area. This go ’round we are visiting Blue Point Yoga in Durham, by Duke University and Duke Medical Center for a heart opening flow specifically suited for both recharging your batteries (which admittedly may be depleted this busy time of year) as well making space for compassion, grace, introspection and honesty. “Opening your heart” to these ideas implies both receptivity to love and intimacy in our relationships with ourselves, our friends, our family, and the world at large.
Just as you can practice heart opening in your thoughts and emotions, you can also experience opening the heart space in your physical body. This sequence will warm the spine and clear space for you to dive deep into Ustrasana, camel pose. If you are authentically ready to enter some advance backbending this sequence will prepare you to dive in to the shakti driven waters of our BONUS SEGMENT including Ustrasana, Urdvha Dhanurasana, Dwi Pada Viparita Dandasana,and so much more. To see and experience the advanced backbending segment click HERE to flow with Lindsay!
How to proceed:
Watch the video through from top to bottom once, twice, several times before following the flow. Because the pace is a wee bit fast I recommend looking to the pictures below and following them with your breath and your rhythm. Column one represents the first option for the flow which is less intense in the body allowing for more concentration on breath patterns, option two dives a bit deeper in Column 2, and Column 3 represents option 3. As always feel free to mix and match. Once you have slowly integrated every pose into your practice turn on the video after several rounds of a Sun Salutation of choice to warm the body and follow along! MAKE SURE TO DO ON EACH SIDE 😉 — Close your practice out with some supine hip opening, twisting, or whatever feels organic in your body in the moment. Savasana awaits you with your heart wide open and your prana battery recharged!
(if you would like to view a larger version of each shape, click on the picture to enlarge)
So much gratitude to our Yoginis: Anne-Marie, Deborah, Lucia, and Lindsay for 6 hours of filming done with grace and humor. Thank you also to Heba Salama Photography and Julie Nickle videographer for amazing work and generosity in service. Finally thank you to Blue Point Yoga for allowing us to use the space and flow with the good energy that lives there.