By Yoga Journal
Grab a partner and try this chest-opening sequence from Two Fit Moms.
NOTE These poses require blocks, a strap, and a partner.
Reclining Heart Opener With Blocks
Lie down on your mat with one block (at its lowest height) under your head like a pillow and a second block (at a higher height) between your shoulder blades. Relax your arms alongside your body and stay on the blocks for at least one minute.
Heart-Opening Hero Pose
Virasana with Gomukhasana Arms
Come into Hero Pose, propping yourself on a block if you need to. Sit up tall, slowly bring your arms into Gomukhasana. Use a strap if you cannot clasp your hands. Relax your shoulders and pull the elbows back. Stay here and hold for 5-10 breaths, then repeat on the other side.
Wide Cobra Pose
Lie down on your belly and bring your feet hip-width apart. Place your hands wide, off of your mat, and come onto your fingertips. On an inhalation, slowly push into your fingertips, lifting your heart high. Keep your elbows slightly bent and actively roll your shoulders back.
Lying on your belly, relax your forehead on your mat. Bend your knees and grab the outside edges of your feet. On an inhalation, kick your feet into your hands, lifting your heart high. Use the strength of your legs to lift up. Stay here and hold for 5-10 breaths, then repeat two more times.
Standing Backbend With A Partner
Stand face-to-face with your partner and grab each other's forearms near the elbows. On a long exhale, slowly start to lift the heart as you lean back and straighten your arms. Drop your head back and hold for 5-10 breaths.