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It’s the third week of December, which means we are getting closer to holiday time! Let’s lead this week with open hearts. This week we’re going to focus on poses that open your heart.
Stretching the muscles in your chest, shoulders, and belly can create a deep emotional release, helping you to appreciate and honor yourself and those you love.
Warrior I pose (Virabhadrasana) (veer-ah-bah-DRAHS-anna)
Begin in downward facing dog. Step your right foot forward into a low lunge position. (if you’re new to Warrior 1, step your left foot out toward the edge of your mat; otherwise, try Warrior 1 with your left foot in the same line as your right foot).
Spin your left heel flat so your left toes are pointing slightly forward, and inhale your arms and chest up.
Reach your arms toward the sky as your pinky fingers turn in toward one another. This will allow your shoulders to relax down your back.
Maintain a deep, 90 degree lunge in your right leg. Your lower core muscles are engaged here, which should allow you to find length in your low spine.
Breathe in for 5 to 10 breaths, and then release your palms down to the mat; return to a low lunge before moving back into downward facing dog. Repeat on the left side.
In general, we store a lot of tension in our hips and chests. Find Warrior 1 pose when you’re looking to create space in those areas.