Sunday, December 4, 2016

Open Your Heart & Stay Grounded!

Day four begins with opening your heart while remaining grounded. Your heart and chest space is where you give and receive love. The following poses are perfect to open your heart and connect to the earth.

1. Cat- Cow with flipped wrists: Move into tabletop position and turn your palms laterally so your fingertips point to the sides of your mat. Ground your palms and spin your fingers so they face your knees. This is fantastic in opening your wrist joints. Do at least 6 rounds of cat-cow with opening wrist position.

2. Shoulder Stretch: There are many different yoga poses that stretch your shoulders. Thread the needle, cow-face or simply reverse namaste hands, are all great ways to open your shoulders. Hold for 3-5 breaths in either of the aforementioned poses.

3. Bridge Pose: This is a wonderful pose to open the heart space. Work with the breath and flow into bridge, hold for 5 breaths and release. Repeat this flow 5 times.

4. Meditate: Place a rolled blanket across the top third of your mat; lie face up on the roll so that it supports the bottom edge of your shoulder blades, Let your heart expand open and open your arms out to the side resting on the floor. Remain in this reclining meditation pose for several minutes.

Mary Jane Kasliner

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