5 Steps to Open Your Heart

Guest Blog Post by VYC Ambassador Allison Haromy

b4efb1b1-e122-466f-be20-a95ca05a18c0This is by far one of my favorite heart opener sequences. The first time I worked with this sequence and intention in a class, I was overwhelmed with emotion and had one of the most eye opening practices of my life.

Let go of all expectation and just allow your self to feel with out judgement. Okay here we go!!!

1. From seated with knees bent and feet hips distance, place a block behind you so that when you lay down the block sits vertically between the shoulder blades. Lay down slowly and rest your back on the block using your hands to support your head as you lower it to the floor. When releasing, provide you head the same support.
Modifications: Legs either straight, bent, or in reclined butterfly.
*Intention: Dedicate your breath to someone you love dearly. Someone who could use a little extra positive energy and love. (3 minutes)

2. From seated with knees bent and feet hips distance, place a block behind you so that when you lay down the block sits horizontally just below your shoulder blades. Lay down slowly and rest your back on the block using your hands to support your head as you lower the back of your head to the floor. Your heart should be lifted high. When releasing, provide you head the same support. so the heart is lifted high.
Modifications: made need a block under the head, Legs either straight, bent, or in reclined butterfly, maybe 2 blocks stacked if back bend is strong.
*Intention: Dedicate your breath to someone who you bump heads with, don’t agree with, i.e. an ex, a co-worker, someone from your past, someone who you need to forgive. (3 minutes)

3. Laying on your mat, place your feet hip distance with your knees bent and ankles stacked under your knees. Come into supported bridge by lifting your hips and placing a block horizontally at the sacrum (just above your bum, and just below your spine). the block has three height settings so choose which is right for you.
Modifications: Knees bent, or legs long, greater the back bend- the more blocks stacked, arms beside hips or above head relaxing on the floor (helps open up back and shoulders) (3 minutes)
*Intention: Dedicate your breath to yourself. Indulge in self love. Your relationship with yourself is the greatest and longest relationship you have in this life.
4. Counter postures: Knees into chest for a gentle hug. Then place your feet mat distance apart with knees bent and windshield wiper legs side to side. Hole each side for a few breaths to find a gentle twist.

5. 5-10 minute savasana. Observe how you feel and journal if you see fit.