My #dharmayogawheel got a thorough workout in yesturdays heart openers. Paired with a golf ball for muscle release it was DEFINATELY not the most comfortable afternoon I've had
It's easy to sit in this position for a short period of time but to sit and breath into your heart - lifting up toward the ceiling is one that requires a bit of focus and self awareness. It's very tempting to either stop breathing or breath into your belly for the duration of the hold... but that's just avoidance
From an emotional perspective, we store a lot in our shoulders and chest. Im adamant that this is why so many people find back bends completely non-attractive. Opening the heart puts you directly in touch with what is hiding in there as well as things you are holding onto - it can feel VERY uncomfortable. This is why when you work on heart openers, you need to be prepared to deal with the not so comfortable and breath through it letting things go.
From a physical standpoint - shoulders and heart openers impact your daily life and your practice in so many ways.
So many yogis are out there trying to build up strength for handstands and other funky inversions but there is no point even trying when your shoulders aren't open enough. You are simply going to be trying to build muscle around a structure that isn't necessarily ready and you won't achieve the best alignment possible for your body in those asana.
I wish I could grab my ribs and pull them back like you do when you peel and eat a mango - oh it would feel so good!
Day one done for 30 days of heart openers... Im not gunna lie - the next 29 don't excite me at all
(Make sure you don't do any back bending without getting some proper instruction first. Back bends shouldn't hurt and if they do - there is a lot of work to be done - proper guidance is very important)
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