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.