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Fish posture is a fantastic position for opening the heart. Opening the heart with back-bending yoga positions is thought to not only broaden the ribcage to offer the lungs even more space to breathe, but to open the spiritual heart center. Opening the heart, or stretching the chest, relieves respiration, alleviates tension by unclogging the tension in the tissue in the core. Pushing the back with the arms at the side, round the back and lean as far back on the crown of the head as is comfortable.

Lay a reinforce, yoga block or pillow under the back for support. Child’s posture or Balasana is a resting position which can help relax the body and the mind when under anxiety. Go back to Child’s present at any time during practice when feeling as though the body may have been pushed too far. On bended knees, lean forward with the forehead to the the mat. Lay arms at the sides of the body with palms up next to the feet or palms down extended over the head. Breathe deeply, concentrating on the breath with eyes closed. Salamba Sirsasanasalamba = with support (sa = with alamba = support) sirsa = head. Utilize a folded blanket or sticky mat to pad your head and lower arms. Kneel on the floor.

Lace your fingers together and set the forearms on the floor, elbows at shoulder width. Roll the arms somewhat outward, however press the inner wrists securely into the floor. Set the crown of your head on the floor. If you’re simply beginning to practice this position, press the bases of your palms together and cuddle the back of your head against the clasped hands. More knowledgeable students can open their hands and place the back of the head into the open palms. Inhale and lift your knees off the floor. Very carefully walk your feet closer to your elbows, heels elevated.

Actively lift with the top thighs, forming an inverted ‘V.’ Firm the shoulder blades against your back and raise them toward the tailbone so the front torso stays as long as possible. This ought to help prevent the weight of the shoulders breaking down onto your neck and head. Exhale and lift your feet away from the floor. Take both feet up at the same time, even if it indicates bending your knees and hopping gently off the floor. As the legs (or thighs, if your knees are bent) increase to perpendicular to the floor, firm the tailbone against the back of the pelvis. Turn the upper thighs in somewhat, and actively press the heels towards the ceiling (correcting the knees if you bent them to come up).

The center of the arcs should line up over the center of the hips, which in turn should align over the crown of the head. Firm the external arms inward, and soften the fingers. Continue to press the shoulder blades against the back, broaden them, and draw them toward the tailbone. Keep the weight evenly stabilized on the 2 lower arms. It’s likewise necessary that your tailbone continues to raise upward toward the heels. Once the backs of the legs are fully extended with the heels, preserve that length and press up through the balls of the big toes so the inner legs are a little longer than the external.