The art of mindfulness and loving kindness is the foundations for living with an open heart. Ustrasana is a classic heart chakra pose for opening and connecting.
The best heart chakra yoga poses are those that open the chest area as well as poses that draw energy into the heart. Situated in the Anahata, the 4th chakra is your point of balance. Balance, between the body and mind, balance between Heaven and Earth.
Ustrasana is also known as Camel pose, a strong asana that opens up your chest area, exposing you, making you vulnerable and more open to giving and receiving love.
One of the most challenging things in life is to be vulnerable. As we grow older we become more closed and constricted. We have been hurt many times and we feel the need to protect ourselves. Physically, we rotate our shoulders forward, we push out our chin and round our upper body to protect the heart. This constricts the flow of prana to the heart and creates an imbalance in the heart chakra. This yoga asana stretches the entire front of the body, abdomen, chest, and throat, as well as deep hip flexors. It strengthens your back muscles and stimulates organs in the abdomen and physically open your heart of course! Expanding and opening your chest to allow your heart to open. Bliss is in your heart, it just needs to be opened. For it is only when you approach life from a place of openness can you embody connectedness with all things.
To The Adventurous Soul,
Kelly Krishna Dunn 🙂