Open Your Heart and Say Ahhh With These 13 Poses
Why not celebrate Valentine's Day with a little bit of yogic love? Physically stretching the muscles in your chest, shoulders, and belly can create a deep emotional release, helping you to appreciate and honor yourself and your loved ones. These poses also bring a feeling of lightness and contentment, so try these 13 heart-opening stretches to make you feel positively blissful.
Twisting Bound Goddess
Turn regular Goddess pose into a delicious chest-opener by resting one elbow on your thigh, and wrapping the other arm around the opposite inner thigh.
Open Revolved Side Angle
Double your pleasure with this revolved pose that opens the chest and hips simultaneously.
Twisting Extended Side Angle
This variation of Extended Side Angle involves twisting the torso, so it opens the chest and shoulders and strengthens your core.
Turn the basic Warrior 1 pose into a heart-opener by leaning back into Arching Warrior. Either rest the hands on the hips, or if your spine is more flexible, rest your hands on the back hamstring.
Wide Tip-Over Tuck
While this is mostly a move you'll feel in your chest and shoulders, you'll also feel this stretch in your hamstrings and lower back.
Upward Facing Dog
A classic pose, Upward Facing Dog is one of the most satisfying heart-openers because you get to do it over and over again during a yoga class.
This simple and relaxing backbend will open your chest, neck, shoulders, and abs. It will also increase flexibility in your spine and makes you feel centered and full of energy. Clasp the fingers together in a double fist, or for an even deeper stretch, rest the hands on the floor behind you.
Half King Pigeon
Half King Pigeon not only opens the front of the body, but you'll also stretch the hip flexors while increasing flexibility in the spine.
If you've done the Pilates move called Reverse Plank, then this yoga pose called Intense East will be familiar. Allow your head to fall back between the shoulders to open the chest and neck even further.