Summary: Yoga to heal and to keep growing mentally, physically and spiritually. Explore the blog to know how yoga can help you to open your heart towards the journey of contentment and deep self-healing.
Life is an ever evolving wave of motions that comes in varying wavelengths – both simple and complex. As we journey through various stages in life, we come across situations that trigger different feelings and sensations within our body and mind. To cruise through the feelings that are caused by a trauma or condition, such as sorrow, grief, pain, etc. is not easy. Such emotions take time to heal while hindering the perspective towards welcoming new possibilities in life. These emotional blockages caused due to frightful experiences are usually held up in various parts of our body, particularly the heart and the hips. In order to release these blockages from the body and the mind, it is of the essence to promote inner healing from the heart.
Get rid of emotional blockages, and open your heart towards an unobtrusive journey of possibilities and contentment with these wonderful yoga asanas:
Upward-Facing Dog (Urdhva Mukha Svanasana)
One of the simplest yet miraculous heart openers, the Urdhba Mukha Svanasana is an excellent yoga pose to relax and strengthen the entire body and mind while releasing emotional blockages from the entire body. The pose expresses, “I open my heart to embrace you (life)!”
How to perform: Lie flat on the stomach. Align your feet, knees, and thighs next to each other. Close your eyes and let your forehead gently touch the ground. Rest both your arms on respective sides of your body. Bend your elbows to let the palms rest at shoulder level. Lift your torso all the way till the pelvic bone, while slowing taking in fresh cool air around you. Let your upper body reach towards the sky as your heart embraces the sky above you.
Pigeon Pose (Eka Pada Rajakapotasana)
This is an excellent yoga asana to release pent-up stress and emotions accumulated in the pelvis region and the hips. The pose expresses, “I am going to let go!”
How to perform: You may start this pose in cross-legged sitting position. Stretch out the left leg to the back so that the crown of the feet touches the ground. Bend the right calf to let it rest at the groin area. Bend your torso forward to let your forehead and upper body touch the ground. Close your eyes and inhale. Take both your arms forward to rest them on the ground – palms flat. Slowly exhale and inhale up to five times.
This is the ace of all inversion yoga poses and, is highly effective in helping the practitioner unload and refresh to gain a brand new perspective. The yoga asana expresses, “I open my heart of a new possibility!”
How to perform: Lie flat on the ground. Bed your elbows to let the arms rest against the shoulder for providing support to the body. Close your eyes and gently inhale. Lift both the legs upwards until the entire body is resting on the head. Slowly exhale and inhale for 30 seconds.
Wild Thing (Camatkarasana)
This fabulous yoga asana shall help you open your heart and release any pent up stress in the hip region as well. The pose expresses, “I am alive and ready to strive ahead!”
How to perform: Assume downward-facing dog position. Bend the right knee as your lift up the right leg to open the hips. Bring back the lifted leg down in a smooth manner to gently let the foot come in contact with the ground. Now, slowly lift your right arm over the head to open the heart. Lift your hips along with the twist of the arm as the upper body moves along. Take slow deep breaths before switching on the other side.
Upward Bow Wheel Pose (Chakrasana)
This is the finest heart-opening yoga asanas. The pose expresses, “I am going to be okay!”
How to perform: Lie flat on the ground. Bend your elbows to let the palms rest next to the respective shoulder. Bend both the knees to keep the feet flat on the ground. While inhaling, gently lift the hips and the torso off the ground to an upward bow pose. Take few deep breaths.
Enhance this spiritual practice with scented candles or, by practicing in a scenic natural ambiance. And, lounge in a life-altering journey of yoga.
Open your heart to a brand new awakening! Release your spirit to internal healing!
About the Author: Manmohan Singh is a passionate Yogi, Yoga Teacher and Traveler who provides yoga teacher training in Rishikesh, India. He loves writing and reading the books related to yoga, health, nature and the Himalayas. His strong connection with Yoga and the Himalayas inspired him to organize yoga, meditation and Ayurveda tours and retreats in the Himalayas. Learn more at 200hrsyogattc.com.