Awake & Evolve: Cycle 4 – Heart Opening Meditation

The fourth cycle of Awake and Evolve workouts focuses on energizing and lengthening the muscles to improve athletic performance, with a meditation component to improve concentration and mood..

Love is the light that dissolves all walls between souls, families and nations. 

~Paramahansa Yogananda~

Sit in a comfortable position, either on the floor, or in a chair. Sit up tall with the spine and the shoulders relaxed and feel the chest open. As you inhale bring your hands together at the heart center or sternum area in a prayer position, pressing the palms together. Take a moment to scan the body and begin to breathe slow and deep into the belly. Relax the eyes and begin to free the mind of any passing thoughts or distractions.

As you close the eyes begin to feel your heart space and imagine a warm green light, radiating out from the center of your heart. Visualize this energy flowing around the heart center, out through the body, and flowing back into the heart center. With each exhale, let go of something fearful, upsetting, or distracting and with each exhale bringing in love, kindness, light, and compassion. Stay here for 20-25 slow deep breath cycles.

Coming back your natural breath, gently release the palms down towards the knees and feel the shoulders relax and the chest open. Stay here for 5-15 minutes listening to the breath and coming back to your heart center focus.

Notice the changes in your perspective, your reactions to challenging situations, and stress levels throughout the rest of the day.

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