In practicing yoga we relate opening the heart to backbends - opening the back of the heart, drawing the shoulders back and down, spreading through the collar bones, and allowing your heart's center, your sternum, to shine forward.
Notice what happens as you move through your practice with the intention of opening your heart - if it leaves you feeling vulnerable, open, more energized. By learning to open your heart, you'll gradually be able to forgive, let go of resentment, and release fear. You'll also be able to let more love in and take in all the good life has to offer. We are essentially made up of love and naturally give and receive love. Creating space and an open heart allows for this exchange.
Anusara yoga teaches to be "heart-oriented," meaning that poses are expressed from the inside out. Instead of trying to control the body and mind from the outside, the poses originate from a deep creative and devotional feeling inside. On our mat, we endeavor to always remember the spiritual purpose or highest intention of practicing hatha yoga, including reconnecting with our innate goodness and expressing ourselves from that divine place.*
Share your practice with loved friend or partner! Share your joy and energy and connect with someone you love with these partner poses.
"To beautify this world, we must carry out experiments in love"
"Out of Your Mind and Into Your Heart" by Richard Miller
"Experiments in Love" by Vidya Carolyn Dell'uomo
*taken from Anusara.com