In all my years of dabbling with yoga, I have struggled to “open my heart” in any variation of warrior pose. Attempts to stretch up tall through the crown of my head while maintaining proper posture in the warrior lunge have always made my upper body feel brittle and, well, closed.
Yesterday for the first time I was able to properly open my heart, thanks to PEACEFUL WARRIOR, a pose I discovered in Yoga with Adriene‘s 2017 Revolution, Day 21: Practice Strength. The image above (created by Yours Truly, Violet Lemay) illustrates the key: while the front arm stretches up, the back arm is bent and rests on the hips. This simple adjustment allowed my chest to completely open. In my imagination, love hearts poured out, filling the room. It was an awesome yoga moment.
This victory may seem small, but to me it was gigantic. At the age of fifty I can still learn, grow, and conquer obstacles—even physical ones. After less than a month, my new yoga practice is already helping me feel younger and happier, more supple, more limber, more grounded and strong. More OPEN.