A regular Yoga practice allows us to bring balance into the body and mind. Here are three Yoga postures that will help you to release tension in your body and allow you to lead a more wholehearted existence.
Benefits of Heart Opening Postures:
· Improve your breathing, which allows for vitality and improved health of the entire body.
· Release tension from your chest and shoulders.
· Your physical body holds emotional stress, as you release the physical tension from around your chest you will also release emotions that have caused you stress, for example, anger, sadness, frustration and grief.
· Extend your hip flexors. For most of us, these muscles are tight from time spent sitting, driving, running, cycling and from times when we feel stressed. These postures help to release tension held in the hip flexors.
· Release blocked energy from around your heart. These postures will allow you to open the flow of Prana (life force energy) to your heart centre. This allows you to heal your emotional and psychological wounds. From this healing you can connect deeper with yourself and others and live in a more wholehearted and loving way.
Within the Yoga practice there are so many heart opening postures. Practicing these three postures regularly will give you a solid foundation to build upon. Remember to listen to your body and never push it to the point of strain. As you open your heart through Yoga postures you will feel more confident and experience a sense of freedom in your body and mind.
1. Sphinx Pose
Squeeze your thighs, pull your lower abdomen in and relax your shoulders away from your ears. With your fingers spread wide, gently grip the floor. Take 5-10 deep breaths and open the front of your chest.
2. Low Lunge
Squeeze your inner thighs towards the centre line of your body (this will help you to align your hips). Squeeze your palms together and have your arms as straight as it’s comfortable for you. Take a deep breath in through your nose and your lift your chest up. As you exhale through your nose, squeeze your shoulder blades together and gentle move your hips forward. Hold here and breathe deeply for 3-5 breathes. Repeat this posture on both sides.
3. Bridge Pose
Place your feet parallel to each other and hip distance. As you press your feet into the floor, lift your hips up as far as its comfortable for you. Be mindful of your lower back. If your knees move out to the sides, gently move them in (so that your knees are above your ankles). You can keep your hands on the floor for stability or interlace your fingers and squeeze your palms together. Breathe deeply for 5-10 breaths.
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