One of the internet's greatest gifts is If you haven't heard of it, it's basically a way for people to meet up with folks and potentially crash at their houses. The idea is that cities are more fun, and you get to know them better, if you know someone in the city. The idea is also that you become a better global citizen by meeting and having interesting discussions with people all over the world.

Last night, and tonight, I am couchsurfing. I am surfing with a wonderful, obviously brilliant gentleman by the name of Cooper. He's lived in Fayetteville, AR for about twenty years and is a tour guide by profession (among other things, including composer, professor, department chair, and hiker). You might imagine he does a pretty good job showing a couple of out-of-towners around a city.

Cooper, and many other folks on the site, open their homes, usually to complete strangers. They make them dinner, give them a place to sleep, a place to feel at home on the road, and wonderful company. Cooper is in his 50s (and hopefully doesn't mind me saying so) and there are people on the sites living with their parents (at an age culturally acceptable to do so). There's people from everywhere doing everything, with a couple things is common. Hospitality and generosity. Thank you from this traveler to all those who have hosted road-weary folks.


To open your heart, and home, is a leap of faith. Many postures that are considered heart openers require that leap of faith. It is common to feel fear going into these poses. Acknowledge this fear: don't just push through. As with letting strangers into your life, use your instinct to avoid injury (mental and physical). Follow the breath to move deeper into these poses. Slowly, with patience, your heart will open further and the pose will develop.

  1. Sukhasana (Easy Pose)

  2. Metta meditation. Meditate thoughts of loving kindess towards self and others. Dedicate your practice to someone else

  3. Taking hands to knee, open chest in slight backbend. Exhale, cave chest backwards. Move with the breath

  4. One hand above head, other to floor. Stretch arm above head and over for side stretch. Repeat other side

  5. Move between alternating side stretches

  6. Cat/cow in table pose

  7. Knee-down Tadasana (Mountain Pose)

  8. Parighasana (Gate Pose). Stretch alternating sides of the torso (like step 4): first time, grounding arm is on outstretched leg, for the other side the grounding arm is on ground next to bent leg Note: If this makes no sense, let me know and I'll try and find time to add pictures

  9. Move between alternating side stretches

  10. Repeat steps 7-9 with other leg

  11. One armed Ustrasana (Camel Pose). One arm in air, one grounding on foot, shin, or on lower back (whatever version you practice)

  12. Repeat other side

  13. Ustrasana. Imagine the chest lifting with each breath, the heart pressing towards the ceiling

  14. Sarvangasana (Rabbit Pose)

  15. Adho Mukha Svanasana (Downward Facing Dog). Press the heart forward here, too, as you open the chest

  16. Tadasana

  17. Warrior lunges: from Tadasana step forward into Virabhadrasana I, hold for a complete breath, and step back to Tadasana. On next step, come forward with opposite leg

  18. Repeat 10-16x

  19. Pause in Virabhadrasana I

  20. Interlock hands behind back for gentle chest opener

  21. Repeat steps 19 and 20 with other leg

  22. Sun Saluations 4-6x. Feel as though the heart is literally leading you through each posture into the next. The upper chest is the first point of movement.

  23. Vinyasa to floor

  24. Paripurna Navasana (Upward Boat Pose)

  25. Ardha Navasana (Half Boat Pose)

  26. Upavishta Konasana (Seated Wide Angle Pose)

  27. Matsyendrasana (Seated Twist Pose), repeat other side

  28. Setu Bandhasana (Bridge Pose)

  29. Either repeat Setu Bandhasana or move into Urdhva Dhanurasana (Upward Bow Pose)

  30. Savasana (Corpse Pose)

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