7 Yoga Poses to Open Your Heart and Shoulders

Whether you’re looking to find more compassion in your life or simply want to counteract the effects of sitting at your computer all day, this supportive and strengthening yoga sequence will awaken your heart, body, and mind.
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Looking to improve your posture? Grab two blocks and try this yoga sequence from Kristin Calabria.

Looking to improve your posture? Grab two blocks and try this yoga sequence from Kristin Calabria.

Modern life is taking us into the opposite state of open-heartedness. We sit at desks, stare into screens, and type all day long, spending a lot of time hunched over our phones or devices. And while we may think this is only negatively affecting our posture, many yogis (myself included!) believe it’s also making us closed off to the world and less compassionate.

For many of us, the only time we think about changing our hunched-over, closed-hearted ways is during a yoga class. Heart-opening yoga poses are beautiful, and they also encourage us to be more compassionate and present in our lives.

I designed this mini-sequence to help you delve deeper into mobilizing your thoracic spine and shoulders, which in turn, will leave you feeling awake, open-hearted, and ready to greet the full experience of this life.

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7 Poses to Open Your Heart

About the Author
Kristin Calabria is a Los Angeles–based yoga and fitness instructor currently pursuing her master’s in social work. Learn more at kristincalabria.com