Yoga Challenge Day 12: Bridge Pose & Closing

Do you know the term "my heart feels heavy."? It's a term we use when we feel sad. The language describes exactly what our physiological response if when we feel sad. It's not just a phrase - it's actually how our heart feels! Now try this imagery - "feed your heart the nourishment it needs". Use your breath to balloon into your heart lightness. Use your stretching to give your heart the space it needs to do its beating, its breathing, its dance of joy at being alive, today and in this moment. In times of stress and heavy heart, take a moment to send your heart, your center of love and compassion, the breath, the lightness, the thanks it deserves for all it did for you today.

Namaste. What a beautiful word, and a beautiful sentiment. The light within me, salutes the light within you. Kate began this journey of creating a video with the hope that her mother would practice it, and heal, and feel the love that went into creating it. She wanted to create a chance for those who couldn't attend classes as a studio. Yoga Bear wants to thank Kate for her tremendous dedication and altruism. It is that exact spirit-- of selflessness and intent-- that makes this community, of strangers around the world, show love and support to one another. We thank all of you for being part of this special 12 day journey, and hope that you found a sense of strength and joy in sharing 10 minutes of your day with us.

A closing from Kate:
My greatest sadness is that my mother is no longer in a place with her battle that she can make use of the video I created for her. My greatest joy is that there are people all over the country that can use what we have created to make peace and space, joy and light, ease and comfort, within their bodies, minds and consciousness. Thank you so much for spending thetime reading and practicing this series. In the truest sense of the word, namaste.

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Comment by Yoga Bear on June 4, 2010 at 4:45pm
Hey Everyone! If you participated in the challenge every day, you are eligible for a free pass to Yogapalooza! Please send an email with the subject "yogapalooza" to and indicate which location you'd like to attend (LA, SF, NYC, San Diego, or online), along with your full name. See you Sunday!
Comment by Deborah Freeman on April 26, 2010 at 12:59pm
finally i completed them late as Ihave not been up to doing them......thank you for your offerings of generosity and compassion. May you also be well and happy as you continue on your journey.
Comment by Janet Glassford on April 26, 2010 at 6:36am
I appreciate the references to the lymphatic system.
Comment by Merrie on April 25, 2010 at 10:06am
Namaste.....thank you and blessed be.
Comment by Kalina "Kitten" McCreery on April 24, 2010 at 10:53am
Kate, thank you so much for sharing this with us. I love my mother last year to kidney cancer. That (along with a slew of other general life trauma) caused me to suffer from cardiomyopathy, commonly known as broken heart syndrome. This has been a wonderful way to connect with my body and focus on my heart. I still have far to go and I know the journey will never be complete. But this has been a wonderful way to help me find a path that is gentle, encouraging and loving.
Comment by Aracely Cueva on April 24, 2010 at 2:38am
Kate, what a precious gift you have given so many people with this video, including myself. I have enjoyed watching it, practicing the poses demonstrated, and have felt supported and very blessed with your kindness and dedication to helping others embrace themselves and be gentle with the healing process. A million thank yous. Namaste to the nth degree. You are a true example of generosity.
Comment by Janice Rohwedder on April 23, 2010 at 8:28pm
Kate, you have truly inspired me with this short series. I have enjoyed it emensly and have learned alot. Thank you for taking the time to share with those of us who were looking for a way to relax, be stress free and let the worries of the day float away. Namaste!
Comment by Katheryn Harlan on April 23, 2010 at 7:00pm
Kate, you have shared a beautiful gift w/ each of us. Your mother's spirit carries on through you & now you have shared that spirit w/ each of us. Thank you
Peaceful blessings!
Comment by Karin Tang on April 23, 2010 at 6:20pm
Thank you for the wonderful series of poses for the past 12 days and bridge pose is such a wonderful pose to close the series. Namaste!
Comment by lorraine on April 23, 2010 at 6:15pm
I love the language of this DVD and its focus on well-being. I love that your mother was your inspiration for its creation. Your light is everywhere in these asanas. I will miss you tomorrow.

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