Five Yoga Moves that Open Your Heart

We’re constantly told to ‘keep an open mind…’ but what’s more important is keeping an open heart. That’s what really gives us new experiences, new relationships, new feelings. When I think of all the ‘happy accidents’ in my life, they’re all a result of staying open. 

Stretching the muscles in your chest and shoulders pushes you to release emotions, giving both your mind and body a chance to connect. For my monthly wellness post with The Chalkboard Mag, I worked alongside yoga instructor Molly Mitchell-Hardt. She recommends five stretches that will keep our hearts open.

Begin and end your session with a few minutes of meditation. 

CAT + COW | Begin on all fours. While taking deep breaths in and out, round out your shoulders and tuck in your neck. Then arch your back and come to a neutral spine.  Repeat for ten breaths. 



SUNBIRD REACH | Remain on all fours — this time, using one arm to reach for the opposite leg. Pull your leg upwards to the sky, while keeping your chest open and outward. Hold for ten breaths.


BOW POSE | Begin laying flat on your stomach. Reach for your feet and grab hold of your ankles. Keep your chest open, while arching your back. Hold for five breaths.


CAMEL POSE | Start by kneeling on your mat, with your feet perpendicular to the mat. Slowly arch your neck toward the sky, while pushing your chest outward. Reach for your ankles and take several deep breaths. Hold for ten breaths. 


STANDING BOW POSE | Begin by standing in a normal position. Using your core as a source of balance, reach for one of your legs with the same-side arm. Pull your leg upwards toward the sky, while reaching outward with the opposite arm to help with balance.  Hold this position for five to ten breaths, depending on skill level. Switch sides.


Leggings: Lou & Grey | Bra: Lulu Lemon

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Photos by Annie Shak