In Pursuit of Truth: 5 Yoga Tips for Tapping into Your Heart Centre

Via Lindsey Lewis
on Jul 6, 2010
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Is it okay to just be okay? Is it enough to just feel sorta happy? Maybe mostly content?

As readers of my blog know, lately I’ve been considering the concept of Truth—or, Satya, as it’s known in Sanskrit. Truth is one of my words for 2010, along with Let and Love (inspired by White Hot Truth maven Danielle Laporte’s practice of tuning into three guiding terms for the year).

Satya refers to actions or words or intentions that help guide us to the Ultimate Truth—what I call the Greater, Good and Wonder-full. And when we connect to the Greater, Good, and Wonder-full, well…great, good and wonderful things happen.

Here’s why this has become important to me to share: There is too much pressure in our society to squash our truths, to accept not just mediocrity, but blatant negativity. We are continually told that “it’s okay” to spend the most awake hours of our daily lives in a job we don’t like, or even loathe; that it’s okay to be in a relationship that doesn’t nourish us; that it’s okay to spend time on a regular basis with people who take and don’t give; that it’s okay to be stressed because it’s normal. The list goes on.

Here’s the thing. It is not okay to ignore your heart. Ever.

Our minds can go on endlessly about the benefits of a situation, carefully and painstakingly weighing pros and cons. Our hearts just know. Truth, and our connection to the Greater, Good and Wonder-full, lives in our hearts.

It’s hard to acknowledge to ourselves, let alone tell other people, that we simply cannot continue on with the way things are. It’s scary to express our truth. It’s scary to face the unknown that comes afterwards.

But when we smother that true knowing in our heart, that connection, we smother our ability to not only live a life we love, but also our ability to go on to Greater, Good, and Wonder-full things. We ignore the Universe’s calling, and offering to help.

p.s. I’m still learning this. Like Jeffrey Platts says, “we teach what we also need to learn.”

Top Yoga Tips for Tapping into Your Heart Centre

  1. Hatha Camel pose with Kundalini breath of fire
  2. Hatha Bridge pose with Kundalini breath of fire
  3. Kundalini heart taps: stand with your feet wide apart, hips forward, and arms stretched out shoulder height, palms forward. As you circle your torso from left to right, tap your heart centre. Inhale as you turn left, exhale as you turn right.
  4. Kundalini elbow bows. Stand with your feet wide apart, knees soft, legs and core strong. Put your hands on your shoulders, fingers forward, elbows shoulder height. Inhale, look up and drop your elbows down and back. Exhale, draw your elbows towards eachother as you look down.
  5. Spend 5 minutes bringing your full attention and intention to your heart centre. Breathe into this space.



About Lindsey Lewis

I’m a yoga teacher, life coach in-training, retreat host, business woman, and entrepreneur. I write, I paint, I draw, I dance. I get outside every day. I challenge myself. I meditate. Riding my cruiser bike along the seawall rocks my world. Being of service is essential. I’m committed to helping the world find their freedom. I believe in love. I believe in the human capacity to evolve, to grow, and to make the world a better place—even if it’s simply through our re-vitalized presence. Let's connect! I'm at Libre Living. Twitter and Facebook Also, Libre Retreats on Twitter @libreretreats


5 Responses to “In Pursuit of Truth: 5 Yoga Tips for Tapping into Your Heart Centre”

  1. Thanks for the shout-out, Lindsay. This is a great post. Honoring what's true for us, is an continual challenge and a practice that will be with us all our lives. There is no point where we can say "Okay, I've got my truth figured out. All done." I believe our truth evolves as we do, as we interact with the world around us.

    Kudos, Lindsey!

    – Jeffrey

  2. Hi, Greg. The way I read it, especially the three main ancient texts, Yoga is about detachment from ego, not from the body. And "detachment" means being able to observe it objectively, not separate from it.

    I'll grant you there such a wide diversity of Yoga movements, that some would agree with you about renunciation of the body. On the other hand, there are other prominent movements that celebrate the body, like Tantra and the related Hatha, of which Kundalini is part.

    Bob Weisenberg

  3. Charlotte says:

    Thanks for this. Herein lies the problem of severing one small part of a whole system (asana) from the rest of the system. We get stuck in identification with the body.

  4. Interesting thoughts. Thanks for sharing. I agree that yoga practices enable us to transcend our attachment to our body. Agree that the Western world has overly emphasized the physical practice. But I strongly believe that our body is our greatest tool in this lifetime–so let's use it while we've got it. It's amazing what metaphysical transcendance, into the Universal Truth, we can experience though physical practices.

  5. Heather Grimes says:

    Nice article, thanks for posting!