Align your heart chakra with these chest-opening yoga poses.
The heart chakra, located at the very center of the chest, is said to bridge earthly and spiritual aspirations with compassion and love. Even if you’re a seasoned yogi who has never really taken an interest in the chakras, you can still benefit from exploring what makes the essence of this chakra and discovering how to unravel its energy to enrich your life.
The poses below are designed to open up your chest, and in doing so open up your heart chakra. You can easily incorporate this quick yoga sequence into your daily routine.
By Chelsea Jackson Roberts, PhD
Begin in Mountain Pose with your hands together at your heart. Inhale and reach toward the sky.
Mountain Pose with Bind
Exhale, bringing your hands behind your back. Interlace your fingers. Inhale and outwardly rotate your shoulders while lifting your heart. Ground firmly through your feet and press your knuckles toward the earth.
Standing Forward Fold with Bind
Exhale to fold forward. Bend your elbows slightly as you try to keep the heels of your hands touching.
Inhale, unclasp your hands, and energetically sweep your arms upward as you lower your hips into Chair Pose.
Standing Forward Bend
Exhale and fold forward into a Standing Forward Bend. Finish by inhaling back to Mountain Pose.
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All images courtesy of Paul Miller.