Most of us spend our day sitting in front of office desks which often times leads to improper posture and stiffness of the body. Heart openers are yoga poses that expand the chest region and stretch up to the crown of the head. These poses promote better respiratory health and improve spine flexibility. They also effectively help on developing proper posture which plays a vital part in keeping your overall well-being at its best.
Realign and Relax
From countering back pain to boosting your confidence, performing heart openers can lead to benefits beyond expectations. The following yoga poses do not only give your body the chance to revitalize itself but also pampers you with relaxation. Strike these heart openers and develop composure within oneself.
Cobra Pose (Bhujangasana)
Begin by lying on your stomach with your legs extended back together and the hands underneath your shoulders. As you breathe in, press away from the floor, sending you up and back. Feel the stretch from the heart region up to the top of your head and slowly lower down as you exhale. Repeat these mechanics for 3-5 times and deepen the stretch with every breath.
Camel Pose (Utrasana)
Start accessing the pose by kneeling and making sure that your knees are hip-width apart. Then, place your hands at your waist as you inhale and lengthen your spine. Slowly breathe out while bending back as your palms reach for the sole of your feet. Feel the stretch on your shoulders and at the whole front of the body. While on this pose, you can either tuck your chin or allow your head to fall back freely. Hold the stretch for 3-5 breaths and slowly roll back up to release.
Upward-Facing Dog (Urdhva Mukha Svanasana)
Lie on your front and place your palms under your shoulders. Extend your legs together and gently push away from the ground. Check if your shoulders are activated by making sure they are away from your ears and keep your legs engaged by lifting your knees off the ground. Keep your gaze forward and feel the stretch on the whole front of the body down to your toes. Hold the posture for 3-5 breaths and lower down to the ground to release.
Begin by lying on your back with the knees bent and the hands placed on your sides. Take a breath in, and as you exhale, slowly lift your buttocks off the ground, forming a 45-degree angle on your knees. After that, press away from the ground through your shoulders and feet, activating your core and gluteus. Always keep in mind to avoid putting any strain in your neck. Take 3-5 breaths in this position and lie back down to release.
Being stuck in your daily routine can unconsciously affect your body in negative ways. Always remember to give yourself the time to ease out from everyday hassles and stresses. Strike these heart openers and breathe deeply into wellness. Most importantly, never forget to have fun flowing!