In yoga, the term “heart opener” refers to a pose that opens up the chest and expands the rib cage. If you think about the typical posture that we sit in during the day (think rounded shoulders, head forward, back rounded) then you can see why something that will expand the chest and rib cage would be beneficial for most people!
When our shoulders are back, our mid-back is flexible and our rib cage is expanded we are able to breathe deeper and our posture is more upright which can be beneficial for anyone who has struggled with neck, back, shoulder, or hip pain. The ability to take deep breaths and carry yourself with a more upright posture is not only beneficial physically, but it can also make us feel more energized and calm throughout the day.
Yogis even say that heart-opening yoga poses open us up to be more compassionate and present in our lives.
So why not show your mind and body some love today and give these heart-opening yoga poses a try?