April 11 - April 11, 2020
12:30 pm - 2:30 pm
Just as you can practice heart opening in your thoughts and emotions, you can also experience opening the heart space in your physical body.
The physical demands (or lack thereof) of modern life have a way of drawing the chest in on itself. Long hours at the computer or behind the wheel tend to round the shoulders forward, bring on a turtle neck and generally cause the upper body to go into a defeated slump.
Specifically, the pectoralis minor muscles that underlie the bigger pec muscles scrunch up while your upper back muscles — especially the serratus anterior — become weak. This muscle imbalance can cause chest pain and restrict your range of motion. Throw a frozen rib cage into the mix and you have a recipe for oxygen depletion, thanks to the fact that drawing a full breath can make the intercostals that connect the ribs feel a bit touchy. All that upper body tension is the gift that keeps on giving and next thing you know the pain is travelling all the way down your spine into your lower back.
The body stores emotions and chest openers are good for releasing sadness, grief, anger and frustration. The more you expand your sternum, rib cage and the rest of your upper body with chest openers, the more blood, oxygen and nerve circulation will be freed up to invigorate you mentally and physically.
This workshop is designed to open the upper back, the chest and the heart area. Creating space across the front of the body and working with the space in between the shoulder blades, we will actively counteract our everyday sitting posture.
On a subtler level, we will try and let go of the armour we put on every day to face the world, working towards allowing ourselves to feel honest about who we are and our vulnerabilities and, above all, responding to all this with kindness.