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Season 2 - Episode 4

Don't Dog Your Heart

5 min - Tutorial
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Laura, with the help of Alana, demonstrates how to find an effective Adho Mukha Svanasana (Downward Facing Dog) without collapsing and compromising the space around the heart.
What You'll Need: No props needed

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May 26, 2015
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Namaste welcome to don't dog your heart and this little shorty I want to show you something I feel is very important this is Alana she's gonna help me out hi sweetheart she's gonna take downward facing dog so something that I've noticed over the years with the yoga practice with my students is that there is a thing that I called chasing the sensation so initially in the practice we are pushing against our tightnesses and sometimes we're instructed to do so but over time the body opens right but we're still pushing into that sensation and what happens is the heart starts to actually get compressed in the body the ribs will begin to flare and the heart will begin to drop and there's actually a strain that takes place in the cavity of the heart remember the heart has got to pump it's pumping pumping it's turning and expanding and contracting constantly it needs room to do that when we create this type of strain it has an overall effect on the nervous system and you start to dog your heart right so what I'm gonna ask Alana to do is I'm gonna ask her to bring her ribs in slightly this is such a mild adjustment but you can see how it created a little more equanimity in the chest the feeling at the front body and the back body want to be the same so that that heart lump lumping around inside the chest has the space to do so right you can come on down so when you're practicing your dog make sure that you're practicing from a place that's allowing space that's allowing freedom and that's allowing grace namaste peace out


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