Good morning, friends!
As a part of my grand comeback, I’ve decided to post a yin pose breakdown every Monday morning. My hope is that you can utilize these specifics of the postures to find more freedom and release in your practice.
Anahatasana – Melted Heart Pose
Getting into the pose…
If this pose is too much for your body all together, you can find a similar stretch in childs pose.
- Releases commonly tight areas of the body: shoulders, neck, upper back
- Enhances mobility of the shoulder girdle
- Energizes: backbends are known to create a natural surge of physical and mental energy
- Stimulates the urinary bladder meridian (spine), heart/lung lines (arms), and the spleen/stomach (chest release). Tapping into these energetic lines in the body can help to improve overall function in these associated organs.
- Practicing this pose can lead to a sense of openness and joy. Two emotions we express from the heart region. In the same respect, it has the tendency to also guide us into an awareness of the fear and worry present in our lives. These two emotions are a major root of the physical stress we see in Anahatasana. If you experience any of these emotions while in the pose, practice a complete (3-part) breath and trust that you are releasing what you need to let go of here. You can always back out if it becomes too much.
USE CAUTION: Contraindications for this posture include…
- Vertebral issues in the cervical spine (neck). Be sure to support yourself using props so you are careful not to strain these already sensitive joints.
- Numbness. If you start to feel tingly, please be sure to back out of the pose until this numbing sensation ceases. You do not want to put pressure on your nerves in this way as it will damage functionality over time.
HOLD: 3-5 minutes, depending on your own personal needs.
Childs pose (arms back)
Hero/Saddle pose (seated) + add neck release if it might feel supportive in your body
Questions? Leave a comment below and I’ll be happy to follow up!
Thank you Nancy, as always! Great pose but what about inverted curve in the neck? We should skip this pose at all? How to support this asana?
Hey Roberta! Great question. It’s always good to be mindful of the neck. If the practitioner feels any kind of pain or has a history of whiplash, I encourage them to support their chest (a block is a great support for that) and let the forehead land to the mat without the extension in the neck. However, if someone has a healthy neck and feels no pain, the slight compression and extension can be very beneficial – especially in a society where we are so often looking down (at our phones, etc!). Make sense?
Great post! Will keep your points in mind during teaching!