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.
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.
There are many ways to set up Supported Fish Pose. The height and position of your blocks will largely depend on the mobility in your thoracic spine. Supported Fish is a great way to gently open up the heart space by allowing your mind to get comfortable with the opposite body pattern most commonly found in everyday life. This pose suggests openness, and this variation is the most extreme in terms of heart opening.
Set up your two blocks on the highest setting, with the long edge of the block parallel to the short edge of your mat. There should be about six inches between the two blocks. Sit in front of your blocks and slowly recline until you find the first block meet your back. Adjust the block so that it sits at the tip of your shoulder blades. Continue to recline until the back of your skull finds the second block. Lay here for 15 breaths.