Stretch It: Seated Heart Opener

In honor of Valentine's Day, I thought we could all benefit from a little heart-opening stretch. This simple and relaxing backbend will open your chest, neck, shoulders, and abs. It will also increase flexibility in your spine, and make you feel centered and full of energy.


To learn how to do this pose, read more.


  • Begin sitting on your heels in Hero pose.
  • Lean back and place your palms flat on the floor about eight to 10 inches behind you so your fingertips are pointing away.
  • Press your hands firmly into the ground and lift your chest as high as you can, arching your back, and push your hips into your heels. To increase the stretch, lower your head behind you, stretching through your throat and the front of your chest even more.
  • Stay for 30 seconds, then lift your head and torso up and come back into Hero pose.
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