heart opener

In light of Hannibal’s “mic drop” line...

AU/headcanon where Hannibal can recite entire passages of Dante in the original Italian but is complete shit when it comes to pop culture. He tries to make up for this deficiency by slipping pop culture references and slang into his conversations. Some attempts are… more successful than others.

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Why do you protect me?

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It’s Valentine’s Day so lets open our hearts with some great yoga back bends!

These poses have some pretty amazing physical and psychological benefits including toning the spine, increasing the space for the lungs to move, which will improve your breathing, and opening your Anahata (heart chakra), growing in compassion and connection to others. Back bends also increase blood circulation and stimulate thyroid, pineal and pituitary glands. They also decrease isolation and depression.

The following is a list of excellent heart opening asanas with links to how to get into the postures. If you are practicing at home, make sure to warm up with a few sun salutations before moving into the asanas.

Natarajasana (Dancer)

Bhujangasana  (Cobra)

Urdhva Mukha Svanasana (Upward Facing Dog)

Dhanurasana (Bow)

Purvottanasana (Upward Plank Pose)

Setu Bandha Sarvangasana (Bridge)

Urdhva Dhanurasana (Upward Facing Bow)

Ustrasana (Camel)

Bitilasana (Cow)

Camatkarasana (Wild Thing)

Dwi Pada Viparita Dandasana (Upward Facing Two Foot Staff)

Tri Pada Adho Mukha Svanasana to Anjaneyasana

3 Legged Downward Facing Dog to Low Lunge

Yana Guseva

Start in Downward facing dog. Sweep the right leg up and back, pointing the right heel up towards the sky. Come up onto the ball of the left foot and begin to sweep the right leg in, bending the knee in towards the chest. Place the right foot in between the hands and drop the back knee. Sink the hips down towards the floor and sweep the arms up by the ears, coming into the lunge. Curl through the upper back and lift through the chest, sliding the shoulder blades down the back, reaching the fingertips back. Pause and breathe deeply, then lift back into Downdog and switch sides.

Good for shoulder and heart opener.

Standard Moves presented by PUMA.

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MARCH IS HERE! Welcome to day 1 of the #BloomingOpen Yoga Challenge! 

Are you ready to get started opening up your heart, shoulders, and hips? Let’s go!

The first pose is Camel, a heart opener. Here is a link to YogajJournal’s step-by-step guide to Camel Pose, or CLICK HERE for Ekhart Yoga’s video guide to the pose.

Things to keep in mind:

  • If you feel compression in your lower back, come out of the pose.
  • Concentrate on lifting your heart to the sky, opening your chest, and lengthening your spine.
  • Don’t hinge from your knees. This is a back-bend and heart opener. Concentrate on keeping your hips over your knees.One way to check this is to place your knees against a wall while doing this pose and make sure that your hips stay against the wall as well, like this:

If your hips come away from the wall, then back off into a less intense version of the pose.

There are three levels for Camel pose. 

  • The first option is with your hands on your hips/low back.
  • The second is with your heels up off the mat, your feet resting on your toes, and your hands on your heels
  • The third is with the tops of your feet flat down on the mat and your hands on your heels.

You choose which level is right for your practice.

Now, let’s see YOUR BEAUTIFUL CAMELS! Be sure to tag #BloomingOpen and follow that tag to see your fellow yogis!

Namaste!


Want to participate in our #BloomingOpen Spring Challenge and have a chance to win a yoga block, yoga towel, or a yoga strap? CLICK HERE for information on how to join and have a chance to win!

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