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Tip: Listen to Your Heart
It’s a natural tendency to thrust your pelvis up to maximum height in Bridge Pose (especially if you tend to be a go-getter). However, all of that drive through the hips actually takes away from the lift of the chest. Yoga is an invitation to open your heart. If you find yourself really pushing your hips up, let your butt relax back down toward the floor and lift your sternum. While it might not feel as rewarding, sometimes backing off from trying to “achieve” (so to speak) is exactly what your heart needs to stay present with what is—the ultimate goal of yoga.
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Teacher and model Meagan McCrary is a yoga teacher in Los Angeles and author of Pick Your Yoga Practice: Exploring and Understanding Different Styles of Yoga. To learn more, go to meaganmccrary.com.