The practice of yoga has a powerful influence on the heart—physically, energetically and emotionally. Upper back bending poses open the chest and create space and improve circulation around the heart. Anahata, the heart chakra, is one of the most accessible and powerful of the energy centers in the body. Yoga poses can have a range of effects on the emotional heart—from creating calm and compassion to removing our protective armor to removing darkness and depression. Explore how to both strengthen and open your heart through these heart-centered yoga practices.
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A prospective study recently presented at the American College of Cardiology (ACC) annual meeting found that three months of twice-weekly, 90-minute yoga classes improved quality of life, depression, anxiety, and… Read More→
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New to Yoga?
To get the most out of our site, we suggest you take some time to explore before jumping into the practice. Browse our yoga 101 section for general info on the history and types of yoga, then start exploring asanas the physical postures used in hatha yoga. Remember to breathe and always start your yoga practice with a brief meditation. If you are new to yoga, please read our Yoga for Beginner’s page
It is important to expect nothing, to take every experience, including the negative ones, as merely steps on the path, and to proceed.