It’s Valentine’s Day so lets open our hearts with some great yoga back bends!
These poses have some pretty amazing physical and psychological benefits including toning the spine, increasing the space for the lungs to move, which will improve your breathing, and opening your Anahata (heart chakra), growing in compassion and connection to others. Back bends also increase blood circulation and stimulate thyroid, pineal and pituitary glands. They also decrease isolation and depression.
The following is a list of excellent heart opening asanas with links to how to get into the postures. If you are practicing at home, make sure to warm up with a few sun salutations before moving into the asanas.
Michelle Obama is probably the most popular first lady in recent memory, with approval ratingsembarrassingly higher than her husband’s, at least in 2012. She is the picture of health, speaks openly about the challenges of raising two daughters and feeding them right and uses her platform to call attention to the country’s childhood obesity crisis through her Let’s Move program.
And yet, with all this going for her, even she cannot make a serious dent in the problem of how food and media corporations are targeting children with junk-food advertising. So instead, she has turned to the easier task of getting a few corporations to pledge to market so-called healthy food to children. First came the announcement with Disney in 2012 that food advertised on its radio and TV channels would have to meet Disney’s nutrition guidelines, and then last fall a deal with Sesame Workshop, the producer of the children’s television show “Sesame Street,” to license its characters to help the Produce Marketing Association promote fruits and vegetables to children. Just last month came the latest pledge, fromSubway, which will offer a new kids’ menu and stress healthier eating through an expansive child- and family-focused marketing campaign.
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