Warm Up with These Heart Openers
Friday, October 26, 2018
As the weather turns colder, it is a natural reaction to turn your shoulders inward when you feel chilly. It is the law of nature for the body to try and protect the heart and all vital organs when in contact with what it thinks is a threat. The cold air is not much of a threat, but your body certainly thinks it is and responds. We all tend to slouch over more during the winter months, curl up, and therefore, our shoulders, chest, and neck get rigid and feel tense, causing all over body pain.
Yoga Heart Openers are the perfect postures to practice during the brisk days of fall and winter. Correspondingly, these postures allow energy to flow freely through the energy channels (nadis) and energy centres or chakras. Opening the heart chakra unblocks stuck energy helping to support our emotional and psychological needs as well.
Here are a few heart-opening postures/tips to practice:
Upward Facing Dog (Urdhva Much Svanasana)
In this posture, it is important that your shoulders are over your wrists, not in front of them. Also, move your shoulder blades on your back so that your chest can move through your shoulders. Lastly, make sure that your shoulders are far away from your ears.
Camel Pose (Ustrasana)
First thing - roll your shoulders up and then down and back so that your shoulder blades hug your back. There are many ways to adapt this pose. Just make sure that you are leading with your chest.
Wheel Pose (Urdhva Dhanurasana)
Push into your hands and lift your hips and bring the crown of your head to the floor. Your elbows should be parallel and squeeze your shoulder blades on your back.