As we approach Valentine’s Day, you may want to play with this lovely, restorative, heart-opening pose.
Because so much of the body is grounded and supported, we can open our hearts up even more in this pose.
Using a yoga bolster or cushions and pillows, start by sitting with your legs in front of you and allow your torso to release onto the bolster.
It should feel ‘yummy’ and restorative, no effort – we’re all different and if your body doesn’t like it, experiment with different heights (eg putting a blanket on the bolster) or don’t do it! As always, you know what’s best for you.
Relax there for 5 minutes and allow yourself to come out of it slowly. As the body is supported, the heart is open but in a relaxed way.
Sometimes, this will feel amazing, other times, maybe vulnerable.
You can use blankets to cover you, too, if you’re cold or feeling vulnerable while still wanting to play with it.
Do what’s right for you. But it can be a lovely back bend to lift the mood and open the lungs and shoulders as well as our hearts.
It can also be a lovely pose to do a Metta (loving kindness) meditation from. Sending loving kindness from a supported and expanded heart centre.
It can also be nice to just ponder all the good life has to offer and literally open your heart to it all.
What helps you open your heart?
How can you support yourself in being more open in a way that doesn’t make you feel too vulnerable?
How do you enjoy Restorative Fish?
Feel free to comment below.
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