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10-Minute Yoga Series to Open Your Heart

These energizing poses are the ultimate mood booster.

Need a mood boost? One of yoga’s major benefits is its ability to relax and empower the body and the mind. It can help you destress, focus, and set your intentions, all while building stronger muscles and a greater range of motion.

One movement stressed in yoga is making yourself “open.” This refers to physically opening up the hip and shoulder joints to get a longer stretch and a deeper mobility, but it also means having an open heart, both physically and mentally. By holding the chest high and the shoulders back, the heart and lungs are extended wide, which may inspire feelings of freedom and serenity.

In this episode of Flow, yoga instructor Faith Hunter shows a more advanced yoga routine that can help open up the heart. These yoga poses use wide, reaching stretches that open up the joints and leave you feeling refreshed and uplifted.

Before completing this routine, Faith suggests starting with sun salutations to warm up. This is a series of poses done in succession and repeated as a cycle several times. If you do not have your own preferred sun salutation, try this traditional sun salutation sequence.

This yoga series to open your heart includes the following poses:

- Mountain Pose

- Forward Fold

- Chatarunga

- Downward Facing Dog

- Downward Facing Dog Split

- Rockstar Pose

- Warrior 1

- Warrior 2

- Peaceful Warrior

- Plank Pose

- Child’s Pose

- Upward Facing Dog

- Fallen Triangle

Loving the mood boost? Keep it going with this 10-minute, stress-relieving yoga routine packed with dynamic poses that open up the hips and shoulders.

Faith Hunter

This video features Faith Hunter. Faith Hunter is a yoga instructor and owner of Embrace Yoga DC, a yoga training & community center located in Washington DC.

Duration: 11:49. Last Updated On: Nov. 8, 2017, 6:14 p.m.
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