Puppy dog yoga pose

Open your heart

Anahatasana, or Melting Heart pose (sometimes referred to as Extended Puppy pose), deeply opens the shoulders, pectoral muscles of the chest, thoracic spine, neck and lower back. Heart and lung meridians receive a fresh burst of prana. Try this yoga pose first thing in the morning to set the tone for the day ahead!

How to practice this yoga pose

From hands and knees position, melt your heart towards the Earth to the degree that feels appropriate. Ultimately your chest can lay on the ground, with the chin tilting up. This will compress and massage the back on the neck and must only be done if comfortable. Hold for 3-5 minutes, breathing deeply into the shoulders, neck, spine, chest and lower back. Always remember where your attention goes, energy flows and it is important in these more challenging Yin yoga poses to remain focused inwards.

Observe the emotions rising in this yoga pose. Melting heart is particularly effective in releasing heavy or sad feelings, so you may have a need to cry which will create profound healing. By the end of the pose, you will feel joy and lightness.

Follow with Balasana, Child’s Pose.

About the Author:

Carrie-Anne Fields has owned and operated My Health Broadbeach since 1998, specialising in yoga, counselling, acupuncture, reiki, tarot and ka huna bodywork. Carrie-Anne has studied yoga for over ten years with various teachers in Australia, India, Thailand and America, has taught full time since 1999, and has spent regular retreat periods in silent meditation. My Health Yoga now has a second studio in New Farm, and runs teacher training courses from Gold Coast, Sunshine Coast, Townsville and Brisbane.  Carrie and Carlos launched in 2014 My Health Yoga Online Teacher Training effectively bringing the posibility of becoming a Yoga Teacher to anyone anywhere in the world.