Photo Credit: Leigh Mosley,
Photo Credit: Leigh Mosley,

Happy February! Happy Black History Month! Happy Heart Health Month! Happy Love Day/Month! Happy #YogaMonday!

It’s a lot of happy going on today! Why? I am very excited about sharing reflections and resources that celebrate my yoga passion, practice, and services as a yoga teacher on Mondays. This month, I’m sharing yoga reflections and resources that promote an open and healthy heart on my blog and social media platforms (search #YogaMonday on Pinterest, Instagram, and Twitter for my yoga goodies).

Do you practice yoga?

What are your favorite poses?

How does yoga make you feel?

What kind of music do you like to listen to while practicing yoga?

Love Is Space by Deva Premal
Love Is Space by Deva Premal

One of the things I love to doin my personal yoga practice and in my sessions with clients is chant mantras. Mantras are words or phrases that create energy-based sounds when they are repeated over and over again during meditation and yoga. Devi Premal has a beautiful collection of mantras I use to open my heart. Her Love Is Space DVD is one of my favorites.


I fell in love with her rendition of Om Mani Padme Hum  which means “Hail, the jewel in the lotus.” Click here to listen to it. I use the mantra to open my heart to the practice of compassion. I love to chant it before I do several rounds of cat and cow yoga poses (great heart openers). Yoga Journal has some great instructions on how to do the poses: cat pose and cow pose. Many of my clients enjoy using the online resources too.

Photo Credit: Martin LaBar
Photo Credit: Martin LaBar

Here are some of heart-related quotes I am using this month as reminders to keep an open heart and practice compassion as I move through my life.

  • “Breathe. Let go. And remind yourself that this very moment is the only one you know you have for sure.” Oprah Winfrey
  • “A joyful heart is the inevitable result of a heart burning with love.” Mother Teresa
  • “Your heart is free, have the courage to follow it.” Braveheart
  •  “Follow your heart, but be quiet for a while first. Ask questions, then feel the answer. Learn to trust your heart.” Author Unknown

Click here to read Renita Weems’ post with 21 quotes to open your heart on BeliefNet.

Mudras is one of my favorite yoga books
Mudras is one of my favorite yoga books

Did you know you could practice yoga with your hands? This kind of yoga is called mudras. They are hand gestures and seals that can help improve flexibility and coordination in your fingers and hands. When you use them with breathing exercises, they can stimulate an opening to your lungs and heart and open your joints and relieve tension in your head, neck, and shoulders. They can also help cultivate a specific state of mind during your yoga and meditation practice. I use them in my yoga practice and sessions with clients. The lotus mudra is one I use to open my heart.

Ananda practicing the lotus mudra
Ananda practicing the lotus mudra

Click here to watch my video on the lotus mudra. For more information, check out Yoga Journal’s article on mudras. Enjoy!

OM #YogaMonday OM!

PS: If you would like to read about my yoga journey, check out my memoir That Which Awakens Me on It is available on Kindle

My debut novel Love’s Troubadours – Karma: Book One features a main character who works as a yoga teacher in Washington, D.C. Click here to visit the Love’s Troubadours’ Pinterest board which contains some great information about the novel. You can purchase it on

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