"Heart Opening" poses, a.k.a. backbends, are accomplished with spinal and shoulder mobility, a large infusion of core strength and core sensation. Core - deep core - are muscles interior to the "abs" forming the very basis of our ability to walk, sit and breathe: respiratory diaphragm, psoas and pelvic floor. Learning to sense your ability to move and engage these muscles transforms backbends by moving the arch up into the less mobile rib cage and away from the more mobile and in need of stability lower back.
In this class, explore openness in your shoulders and upper back along with stability in your pelvis and legs while enjoying how they interact to allow you to move with grace, freedom and generosity. The * poses are advanced to intermediate and not at all necessary to feel the benefits of the class.
Find the backbend in triangle as well as camel. Feel the awesome strength of Anjeyanasana, and ground it in the stability of Warrior I. Finish with a lovely Supta Baddha Konasana and melt in Savasanahhhhh!
Where do stability and openness meet in your life? Tell me in a comment below!