Restorative Chest Opening Poses – Weekly Advanced 149

Focus: This weeks class features supported poses that can help to open your chest, free up the movement of your diaphragm and lead towards heightened breath awareness. Many people in today’s world are increasingly spending longer hours in forward slouching positions whilst sitting at desks or working in front of computers. This can contribute towards a tightening of the muscles within the chest associated with breathing and lead toward short, shallow or irregular breath patterns. This class allows you to spend extended periods of time in positions where your rib cage is able to decompress. Whilst breathing in these poses your intercostal muscles are able to release and your diaphragm can move about with freedom. It will be an ideal class for times when you are feeling stressed or low in energy.

Key Poses: Viparita dandasana, setu bandha sarvangasana, chair sarvangasana.

Equipment: Mat, chair, 2 bolsters, 3 blankets, 2 blocks, belt.

Level: Advanced

Duration: 50 min 

Yoga poses