Hheartbreak can be such an out of body experience. I remember the greatest sadness I ever had—I went to the National History Museum in New York and wandered the halls listening to Frank Ocean. I was new in town and was devastated after a woman politely let me down. I was so devastated that she didn’t want me the way I wanted her that I lay down under the blue whale and felt like I might be a cracked egg. Lying on my back, looking at the whale and listening to all the people’s whispers, I knew I would get through this. I did. That day, however, is still very clearly there.
If you identify with this, you are not alone. Heart pain is painful (sometimes physically). And sometimes, to help release these heavy emotions, which can be stored in the body, people turn to yoga after a breakup. This latest episode of Good Moves with BK Yoga Club instructor Alicia Ferguson has some heartbreaking yoga in it – if that sounds like a welcome salve, stay tuned.
There is plenty of room for your feelings in this session, which Ferguson begins by inviting you to ground yourself in the present moment. Afterwards, she guides you to set an intention for this routine and encourages you to trust your decisions, trust detachment, and allow yourself the patience to let things unfold as they please. Then you will breathe in and repeat your intention, perhaps it is “trust” for example, and as you breathe out you will remind yourself that you are safe in your body, and resentments do not rule that out.
The asanas included in the video are intended to open the heart both physically and spiritually. Along the stream, Ferguson sequences yoga poses that will make you feel strong and empowered like warrior poses, as well as ones that will ask you to literally sit in your feelings, like a chair. There are also gentle backbends because tension can build up in your chest, neck, and upper body muscles when you are going through something challenging.
Ferguson always invites you to take a deep breath and check yourself out. Spending time alone can be difficult, especially after losing someone you care about. Remember that your relationship with yourself is still there and waiting to sustain you through even the worst of heartbreaks.
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