8 Heart-Opening Yoga Poses To Try This Valentine’s Day

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The heart shakra sits at the centre of our chests (yep, right next to your heart). In ancient sanskrit, an open heart shakra meant to be “unhurt, unstuck or unbeaten”.

In today’s world, a balanced heart chakra can mean more love, both passionate and compassionate. A blocked heart shakra can lead to loneliness, jealousy, anger or hurt. A blocked shakra is also thought to cause sickness in the chest area (like breast cancer).

Here are some yoga poses that will help you open up your heart’s energy channels and invite love into your life just in time for Valentine’s Day.

1. Puppy Dog

Start on all fours. Place your forearms on the ground as if you are going into a child’s pose, except leave your toosh up in the air and deepen the stretch into your chest.

2. Upward Facing Dog

Start lying flat on the floor with your hands by your chest. Push up until your elbows are almost straight and your hips are lifted off the ground. Take a deep inhale while extending your heart shakra to the sky.

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