Opening the heart chakra to the beauty around us!!
Last Sunday, Angela and I had the pleasure of leading a Let Your Yoga Dance/Meditation workshop at Yoga From The Heart in West Hartford Center. The eight women who joined us got right into the experience. As we danced our way up through our seven energy centers, (the chakras), the group’s energy became more vibrant, connected and alive. Midway through our Let Your Yoga Dance portion, I taught movements to this Native American chant called Beauty Chant. The chant goes like this:
Beauty before me— We raised our hands up as we all walked into the circle.
Beauty behind me— We walked backwards with our hands pointing to the back of the space.
Beauty beneath me— We bent our knees and pointed to the earth.
Beauty above—- We stretched out our arms and raised them towards the heavens.
Beauty beside me— We reached our right then left arm out to the sides.
And all around me—— We circled our arms around our hearts.
Beauty encircles me with love— We reached around our bodies with both arms sweeping in wide circles.
This lovely song and powerful, heart-filled movement continued for several rounds. At the music bridge, we all danced our beauty to one another and offered our heart-filled energy to the wider world.
It was a powerful dance of whole-hearted communion with one another. We had never met as a group before. It always amazes me how the Let Your Yoga Dance experiences can cut through shyness, resistance and join previous strangers in an intimate moving expression of love.
Do you have a song that springs your heart open? Perhaps this is something you want to play more often. Perhaps you can find a dance movement to go along with this piece of music to further celebrate its enjoyment. May you dance like nobody is watching!!