The Heart as a Filter

The Heart as a Filter

We know that the heart chakra, Anahata, is the balance point of the lower and upper chakras, but have we contemplated its true placement in the emotional body?  When we consider that the heart chakra resides between the Manipura (3rd) chakra and the Vishuddha (5th) chakra we discover the power of the heart to act as a filter.  Consider that an imbalance in our Manipura chakra may result in violent outbursts, or the need to be right and have the final word and we can witness that natural jump for Manipura to Vishuddha.  We have a gut reaction and for some of us the instinct is to react and allow the vocal chords of the throat chakra to respond.  What would happen, if we realized the power of the heart as a filter?

Just as a cup of tea or coffee moves from compression of beans, through a slow filter, to ensure that the result is a smooth and tasteful beverage, we too can employ the filter of the heart to deliver a smooth result from a gut reaction.  If we use the heart as a filter, we are given an opportunity to gain connection with the self inside, to ruminate on our gut instinct and invite in the time necessary to offer a loving response that supports our optimal health and the health of others. 

February is National Heart Month – Cardiovascular disease knows no borders. Cardiovascular disease, including heart disease and stroke, remains the leading global cause of death with more than 17.3 million deaths each year.  Consider the next time you feel an instinct to go from gut to voice the impact you may have to your heart.   Our practice is here to support you in soothing the heart, reducing stress and finding peace in your life.  Choose a new path for a healthy heart.


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Pushpanjali Mudra – Appreciate Life Just As It Is

Pushpa means “flower,” and anjali means “hands joined together in reverence.”Pushpanjali is therefore an offering of flowers. This gesture also instills a sense of openness that allows us to appreciate life exactly as it is, in the present moment, without reaching out to fulfill perceived needs endlessly.  When we hold this mudra, we notice the natural lengthening of the exhalation, cultivating a sense of relaxation and ease that supports us in releasing attachments more easily.

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Pushpanjali mudra also instills a sense of generosity, which is the antidote to grasping. This gesture facilitates both physical and subtle digestion, instilling a sense of natural abundance, a knowing that we have all that we need, making it easier to release neediness and grasping.

Pushpanjali is one of the many mudras you will encounter in the new book, Mudras for Healing and Transformation by Joseph and Lilian Le Page.  May each of you find a way to instill a sense of generosity throughout the upcoming months and remind yourself of your present abundance 

Mudras are just one of the many therapeutic tools used in our practice.  Mudras are seals that allow the energy/prana of our being to be directed into a certain place within us to support our overall healing and wellbeing. 

NamasteWorks Yoga + Wellness is The Place to Discover Yoga as a Healing Art.  We offer specialized private yoga therapy programs, classes, trainings, workshops and retreats – with healing at the focus.  We serve clients suffering with anxiety, depression, stress, structural issues and respiratory and digestive diseases that seek wellness.  We custom tailor each client’s wellness program based on a vision of health as a unity of body, mind and spirit.

2.23 The Union of the Seer and the Seen

Interpretive Translation by Joseph Le Page – 2.23 The Union of the Seer and the Seen

The union of the seer and the seen, purusha and prakriti, allows us to perceive the nature of each clearly (and to recognize their essential unity).

Commentary: The Union of the Seer and the Seen

The union of the seer and the seen forms a field of learning and awakening, allowing us to perceive both the world and our own inner being with absolute clarity.

As we gain greater clarity, we come to see that the personality with all of its wants and needs is not the destination, but only a means to awaken the seer, our limitless true being.

But the personality has an essential role to play along this journey, providing a relative sense of security that is gradually released as we awaken to the absolute safety of our authentic being.

NamasteWorks Yoga + WellnessAnd each of the joys and tragedies that form our life’s tapestry are part of this process of learning and awakening, like a butterfly’s stages of release that allow it to finally unfold its wings of freedom.

Along this journey there is a natural reciprocity in which we receive exactly the lessons we need while providing others with the experiences that support their awakening.

But to make this journey requires both wisdom and compassion equally, for wisdom guides our way while compassion allows us to see that everyone is seeking unity within the limits of their understanding.

As wisdom and compassion meet, awakening occurs naturally, allowing us to perceive that the satisfaction experienced at the level of the personality is only a dim reflection of the wholeness of our true being.

With a greater sense of our inherent wholeness, we release our compulsive need to do and achieve motivated by feelings of being defective and incomplete that are ultimately just beliefs.

And our deepest beliefs are disguised most convincingly; a sense of unworthiness looks like humility and control issues are camouflaged as self-mastery until all masks are released to reveal our authentic being.

Our spiritual beliefs are the last to leave as we come to see that even our “experiences of ecstasy” are just a release of energy as we evolve from the complexes of the personality to the clarity of simply living.

With clarity and simplicity, the world becomes less threatening, eliminating the need to struggle with or resist the seen, thereby allowing binding desires, anger, fear and suffering to dissolve naturally.

With the release of negativity, we awaken to the beauty of both the seer and the seen while perceiving their essential unity, allowing us to live in deep appreciation at each moment along the life journey.

For unity is our destiny, like drops of water within life’s stream, our boundaries in the form of limiting beliefs are dissolved gradually until we reach the sea of limitless being where all separation is released.

As separation is released, the world outside and our inner being are experienced as expressions of a single source energy, divided into two initially to create the contrast and clarity to perceive our essential unity.

And this union of the seer and the seen is ultimately like a marriage ending, but reversed one hundred and eighty degrees – it begins with the pain of separation and culminates in the honeymoon of unity.

Joseph Le Page is the founder and director of Integrative Yoga Therapy (IYT) and a pioneer in Yoga therapy training programs. IYT, a leader in the Yoga therapy field since 1993, is the result of Joseph’s life experiences, his training as a Kripalu Yoga teacher and his master’s degree work in experiential education, along with his lifelong interest in mind-body health. Joseph is also the founder and director of Enchanted Mountain Yoga Center in Brazil, which is one of the largest Yoga centers in South America.

Joseph Le Page and Lillian Le Page have recently released a new book, Mudras for Healing and Transformation.  They are also the authors of Yoga Teachers’ Box.  Joseph Le Page has also authored Healing Tools 3 CDSet and Loka Samasta Sukino Bavantu music CD.

NamasteWorks Yoga + Wellness is an affiliate school of Integrative Yoga Therapy.

Mudras for Healing & Transformation – New Book Available

Be the first to own a copy! The long anticipated Mudras for Healing and Transformation.  Never before has any one book articulated the depth of mudras in an easy to understand and apply format.  Emerging out of the Five Koshas, readers will have access to over one hundred mudras that explore our physical dimension, our subtle body, balancing of our mind and emotions, support on our journey of spiritual awakening and, tapping into our inherent spiritual nature. 

From one of the world’s top mudra experts, Joseph Le Page, this book breaks down the complexity of each mudra through step-by-step instructions.  Easy-to-use breakout boxes for each mudra include; core quality, benefits, cautions, instructions and mudras with similar effects.  Illustrations throughout help further define the systems balanced, elements activated, doshas balanced, prana vayus nourished, chakras balanced and provide a scale of the energizing effect of each mudra.

Going beyond mudras to address the entire spectrum of healing, each mudra is paired with a beautiful guided meditation to deepen awareness and the energetic affect of each.  These timeless meditations are a perfect complement to the overall flow of the book and will be enjoyed by readers from any spiritual tradition. 

Over one hundred mudras united with over one hundred meditations make this a must-have text and tool for any yoga therapist, teacher, healing professional, yoga school and individual desiring to tap into this healing resource.  This breakthrough book retails for only $29.95. The first run of this book is limited.   Don’t miss out on your opportunity to obtain a copy from the first run of this book.  It’s easy, just click here and add your copy into the Integrative Yoga Therapy shopping cart.   

And stay tuned in as Integrative Yoga Therapy announces a new Mudra teacher training program later this fall.

NamasteWorks Yoga + Wellness is an affiliate school of Integrative Yoga Therapy and fully endorses this new book, Mudras for Healing & Transformation.