Melting Heart is our Zamasana of the Month for February. Melting Heart (Anahatasana) is also referred to as Extended Puppy Dog Pose (Uttana Shishosana). Melting Heart is a pose for the heart chakra, which is fitting for February – a month that is often thought of as a time to share love and heartfelt affection. As you practice yoga this month, you may choose to dedicate this posture to someone special in your life (or the wonderful being that is yourself!). This chest-opening pose is a beautiful release for the upper arms, shoulders and neck, and gently prepares your back muscles for future back bends.
To practice Melting Heart:
1. Start on all fours, with your hips stacked over your knees.
2. Slowly walk your hands out in front of you until your arms are straight, keeping your hips directly above your knees and hands shoulder-width apart.
3. Lower your heart to the ground, and gently allow your forehead to rest on the ground.
4. Draw your lower belly towards your spine and pull your hips away from your hands, feeling the stretch along your spine.
5. Breathe into your spine as you hold the pose for 30 seconds to a minute.
6. Release back into Child’s Pose, letting your buttocks rest on your heels.