4 hours ago
“Preparing to open your heart. ♥️ For a lot of us out there, heart openers or backbends don’t feel good. There is a tendency to bend right into the natural curve in the low back, creating discomfort and compression. When we move into backends, ideally we are lifting up to go back. Engaging the core to support the low back and opening from the front body (the ‘heart’) as opposed to the low back bend.
When preparing the body to backbend, the core engagement is important to support the low back. But that’s not all. Moving the spine in all directions - twisting, side body stretches, forward folds and gentle backbends - will aid in mobility and allow for a more comfortable backbend. The hips and shoulders are equally important. The front of the hips - the hip flexors - can make heart openers challenging when tight, since most heart openers also involve frontal hip openers. Tight shoulders can cause discomfort in backbends as well. Internal and external shoulder rotation movements will prepare the shoulders for the heart openers.
These prep poses can be applied to any heart opening poses, and the prep poses I’m showing above are just examples. There are so many options to twist, side body stretch, open hips and shoulders. Preparing the body is often the difference between comfort and discomfort.”
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