“There is a crack in everything, that’s how the light gets in.”
~ Leonard Cowen
Ask Eden: “Could you post poses that help to open up a broken heart and help it heal?”
And just in time for Valentine’s Day ❤
- When thinking of repairing a broken heart, take the analogy of a muscle in yoga: every time we stretch, we make micro tears in the muscles. When they heal, they become stronger and more flexible. In order to grow, we need to stretch and tear a little bit. The same is true for your heart which, after all, is a muscle. Exercising the heart, leaving it open, makes it vulnerable, but every metaphorical rip and tear, with the proper healing, is an opportunity to expand, to enlarge and grow stronger.
An open heart is vulnerable but the heart is a muscle; it’s durable, self-healing, resilient.
- Our emotions manifest in our physical body. When we experience heart-break, our shoulders often round and we stoop slightly forward with a hunched back as though we are physically shielding the heart. Just as our heart compresses, our bodies compress. This posture, in turn, sends feedback via our nervous system to our brains affirming a lack of confidence and we are less likely to be happy.
- Alternatively, by opening up our chest cavity, we can begin to send the signal to our brains that we are open and this creates a cascade of positive feelings. This may first, however, create a flood of emotion if you have been hoarding feelings within.
- Yoga has that powerful knack for bringing emotions to the surface, for ringing out our emotional toxins. By physically opening our chest cavities, these postures will help to open the inner heart and break down our barriers so that we can feel and once we feel it all, we can begin to heal it all.
- To delve deep into yourself and your emotions; it is best to do a longer practise. It gives your body time to warm up, to soften and release barriers and your mind will slow and become quiet. This is where the magic happens.
- Note: If you do not have experience with these postures, seek assistance from your yoga instructor for proper form. Each pose should feel good! If there is any pain, gently ease out of the asana and always listen to your body.
means “the ecstatic unfolding of the enraptured heart.”
As it turns out, the Princess Bride happens to be a brilliant heart opener too!