Four poses to fix a broken heart


The pain of a broken heart can be intense and overwhelming. When that once so beautiful relationship dies a tragic death and you are left feeling emotionally bruised and vulnerable, it’s hard to see beyond that point. Accepting the pain is the first stage of healing and although it’s difficult, there’s no point clinging on to ‘what if’ or, plotting revenge. It’s only natural to feel sad, hurt or betrayed depending on your personal situation, but your actions and thought processes can easily have you continuously repeating unhealthy behaviours. You may not even realise that your unconscious mind is replaying this emotional angst over and over.

The pain is yours, it’s personal but the good news is, that you are more resilient than you imagine.

You may experience feelings of hopelessness now, but widen your perspective and allow good energy to come back into your life. There’s no point shutting down your emotions, they’ll only resurge eventually and you will still have to deal with them. Accept your pain and do something positive – for you. Changing how you think and feel takes time, but yoga with its gentle ways can help you to feel better in so many ways.

How Yoga Will Heal You

It doesn’t matter how flexible you are, it doesn’t matter how much time you have given to yoga in the past, beginning today, right now, embrace the practice of yoga. Reconnect with your inner being, shut out the world and reflect while rejoicing on the pleasure of moving, the gentle stillness, feel yourself becoming stronger, more vital, energized and open to the world of possibilities.

The Heart Healing Routine

When you feel emotional pain, there’s a tendency to want to crawl into a dark space and nurse the feeling of being broken, but instead, summon up the courage to do the opposite, open yourself back up to the world with this very simple but healing sequence:

1 – Wide-Legged Forward Bend (prasarita padottanasana)

When you are emotionally wounded, you will not feel connected to anything so this stance naturally connects you with the earth. It makes you feel stronger and gives a sense of being grounded. It also stretches out the back, shoulders and chest making you more open. Headaches, feeling of tiredness or listlessness or depression are helped by practicing this posture.

2 – Tree Pose (vrksanana)

When you feel less than centred, this pose brings you back in balance with your mind and body. In fact, it’s perfect for aiding mindfulness and pushing back negative thoughts as you have to concentrate to be able to perform it correctly. In addition to aiding balance, it increases strength to the spine, ankles, calves and thighs while stretching those inner thighs and the groin area. It lengthens the torso and opens up the hips.

3 – Locust Pose (salabhasana)

Although a simple looking back bend, it is a perfect counter pose for the wide-legged forward bend and it helps to stretch out the shoulders, the chest, stomach and thighs, stimulating the abdominal organs while strengthening and lengthening the spine. It’s a lovely stretch for helping to alleviate stress and to improving focus.

4 – Supported Corpse Pose (salamba savasana)

This is a relaxing and comfortable pose to finish on, it opens up the chest, neck and shoulders – always good when feeling emotionally bruised as there is a tendency to round the shoulders, closing the chest and heart area and hugging the emotional pain. This supported pose provides calmness and serenity, relaxing the body totally while lying on the floor aids the feeling of being grounded.

 Holistic Healing

Yoga is more than a series of postures, it interweaves throughout everyday life affecting your physical, spiritual and emotional connections. When utilised regularly, yoga can alleviate the bombardment of daily stressors, add salve to painful emotions and, can heal the most precious element – the heart.

Yogasync me! Try these poses now, supported with full instruction:

How to fix a broken heart yoga

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About Annette Young

Annette Young is a full-time writer now living deep within the tranquil countryside of the South of France. She has 11 books to her name including The Work-Place Stress Survival Guide. She is a qualified stress management, relaxation and addiction therapist with a passion for yoga, meditation and all things - natural health related. She has been teaching meditation for many years at yoga classes, workshops or at one to one sessions, she loves nature and is often seen power walking in the mountain foothills.

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