Focused work will give us the fluidity, flexibility, and strength needed to experience our true nature as conscious blissful beings. The topic of heart-opening yoga most often brings forth images of various back-bending yoga postures.
Our life energy moves through the heart space. Being bendy is good but having a truly open heart is vital.
We need to remember that asana, the physical postures of yoga, are only 1/8th of the equation. For lasting benefit and healing, we also want to implement the other seven limbs of yoga—yama(ethical standards), niyama (self-discipline), pranayama (breath work), pratyahara(withdrawal or restriction of the senses), dharana (concentration), dhyana (meditation), and samadhi (integration).
The heart chakra – just as this fourth chakra is the bridge between the lower chakras and the more ethereal higher chakras, our breath is the bridge from our physical body to our mind and emotions.