Heart and Lung Meditation by Kari
Lay or sit in a comfortable position.
With your eyes soft,
gently close your eyelids.
Gaze downward and inward
towards your third eye (between the eyebrows).
With your yoga gaze (drishti),
light up the void within,
like turning a headlamp toward your inner world,
and illuminate what is perceived as darkness.
Touch your hands to the fourth chakra (heart and lungs).
Begin soft nostril breathing (ujjayi breath),
consciously breathing in oxygen
consciously breathing out carbon dioxide.
*See your heart pumping blood (imagine the color, red)
throughout the body,
and bathing the places within
that specifically need healing.
See the carbon dioxide-rich, oxygen-poor blood (imagine the color, blue)
recirculating back to your lungs.
Breathe the carbon dioxide
that recirculated back to your lungs,
out into the atmosphere (air).
See the trees reaching out their branches and leaves
and receiving that carbon-dioxide.
With the process of photosynthesis
the trees transform carbon-dioxide back into oxygen.
Consciously, breathe in
the oxygen from the trees.
See your lungs
re-filling your blood with more oxygen
transporting this tree-given, oxygen-rich blood
back to your heart.
Continue this meditation by circling back to…*See your heart pumping blood…
Practice until you know the meditation by heart or until you feel your heart and lung chakra power!
Copyright, 2021 Kari Tomashik
I had the distinct pleasure of studying yoga and taking classes with Roger and Kari in Madison for around four years. I learned volumes! As another student put it, their method of teaching is like the “philosopher’s stone” applied to yoga. Classes were both insightful and delightful on account of Kari’s whimsical sense of humor. The vibe was intense and focused yet without taking anything too seriously. We had fun while devoting ourselves to precise alignment. I highly recommend their Iyengar-style technique and Kari‘s personal teaching style!"
I have known Kari for a number of years. She is unequaled in her dedication to using yoga as a vehicle to understand her place in the world and make an impact in the lives of those she encounters. She has a deep knowledge of the workings of the human body – derived from her personal practice and her many years of teaching. She approaches each individual as a unique person and treats all with respect. Besides that, she has a great sense of humor and an assured yet gentle manner."
Kari Tomashik is a true and kind teacher of Eischens Yoga. She has taken Roger Eischen’s groundbreaking work much further. Kari is both a very clear communicator who can help the uninitiated and experienced practitioner to learn about their body/mind/spirit, and an experimenter who keeps her ego out of the way of her focus on the learner.
I met Kari on my travels in Pai, (Thailand). I was so lucky to have the chance to practice with her on my morning sessions. Kari showed me with a few words and gentle adjustments the way to open my heart. But more valuable to integrate & strengthen that open heart. Kari is an authentic,natural born teacher who shares her experience from deep down in her beautiful heart! Everlasting gratitude."