One of my favourite heart openers, Sphinx allows much of the body to remain grounded so the heart can open but in a protected, safe way.
If you want to try it, start by lying on your belly with your head, neck and spine aligned. Maybe consciously release any heartaches and blocks through the heart centre, into the earth, knowing they can be recycled for the benefit of the planet.
Take the elbows so they’re under the shoulders and lift the heart centre and the eyes so you’re looking ahead. Drop the shoulder blades and notice your breath.
As well as helping us lift our mood, Spinx strengthens the spine and abdominal muscles. It’s a gentle back bend so we can really tune into the level that’s right for us at any given time.
Similarly, when it comes to opening your heart off the yoga mat, you can become attuned to the degree of intensity you choose at any time.
IF YOU’RE NEW TO YOGA AND DON’T KNOW HOW TO DO THESE POSES, GO TO A YOGA THERAPIST OR INSTRUCTOR. IF YOU’RE NEW TO EXERCISE, CONSULT YOUR GP BEFOREHAND. ALWAYS HONOUR YOUR BODY’S OWN WISDOM