Heart chakra – 2/6 Claire

Last Sunday 09/10 class was led by Nicole. It was the first time I had a full day class with her and we did a lot of chest opening poses or exercises which may not be asana (such as placing a bolster on the floor on the mirror side, pasting our face and body on the mirror and slowly sliding down. So your back is stretched and shoulders opened). The exercise with the mirror was really scary and I was rather afraid I would break my spine if I was not being more careful. I managed to attempt it by kneeling on the floor first and placing my face and arms on the mirror to minimize accidents as compared to standing and sliding down.

After the series of exercises, we had Yoga Nidra for the second half theory lesson and we were feeling so cosy and relaxed after awaking from it. That day I left the class feeling my heart was fuller and I felt gratitude towards the school for having teachers guiding us in our yoga practice.

Then it occurred to me on how I would often feel after placing both my hands together at heart center and saying Namaste. I was curious and went to check on the meaning of Namaste, which was: “The gesture Namaste represents the belief that there is Divine spark within each of us that is located in the heart chakra. The gesture is an acknowledgement of the soul in one by the soul in another. Nama means bow, as means I, and te means you. Therefore Namaste literally means bow me you or I bow to you.”

I was in awe after checking up on the meaning and I felt amazed at how a simple gesture could have such a profound meaning behind it.

During the class, Nicole was very motherly towards us, and it dawned upon me that such a relationship is beyond / not of a service provider and consumer, but of a teacher and student.

With metta,

Claire Tay