This heart-opening pose is perfect for Valentine’s Day. When you are open and available, you are present to truly give and receive love.
From Downward-Facing Dog, step the right foot between the hands by the right thumb. Stay on the ball of the back foot, stacking the right heel over the ball of the right foot, and raise the upper body toward the ceiling. Stack the shoulders over the hips with the right knee at a 90 degree angle. Squeeze the back thigh muscles to the bone and internally rotate the back thigh to keep the hips square. Reach both arms overhead and hook the thumbs. Take your drishti (gaze) to the thumbs and start to reach up first and then back as you move into a backbend. It is important to keep the pelvic floor lifting, belly button drawing in, and the legs firm as the foundation of the pose, which will allow for a deeper backbend. Hold for 5 breaths. Come back to center and release hands to the floor, stepping back into high Plank and then back to Downward-Facing Dog. Repeat on the other side.
Bethany Lyons is a powerful leader, creator, community builder and cofounder of Lyons Den Power Yoga, Manhattan's only Baptiste-style yoga studio. Bethany is a classically trained ballet dancer, Certified Baptiste Yoga Teacher and Master Instructor at SoulCycle. In cofounding Lyons Den Power Yoga, Bethany seeks to showcase the endless possibilities all around us and to show up in a big way for her students and in her life.