Shoulder Binding Flow
From Jenn Collotta
An in-depth look into practice
Welcome to your heart opening, shoulder binding practice! Today, we will turn our attention to the backline of your heart, to increase spaciousness and decrease tension. Our body language can speak a thousand words. A common indication that we are open to another being is to offer them a hug. We expand our arms, draw them close to our heart and hold them in a close embrace. On the other hand, when we are closed off to a person, place, or topic of conversation, we fold our arms across our chest, protecting our heart space from perceived threats in our environment. These movements come from the same muscles within our body yet can tell vastly different stories.
As your hands bind together behind your back, notice the increased space across your chest muscles. We create these boundaries to promote both physical and emotional expansion. Physically, you create a tourniquet effect within your muscles with temporary tension. Once the bind has been released, fresh blood will circulate to your shoulders and more length will follow. Emotionally, binding with our selves creates space for self-study. What in your life would change if you lived heart forward? If rather than solely following the analytic reasoning of your mind, you listened to the untamed whispering of your heart?
What you seek is seeking you. Trust your hearts intuition as you clear away what is blocking it from being free. May this bridge between you and I be strengthened as we wring out the roadblocks that keep us from deep connection.
- Extended Side Angle
- Wide Leg
- Cow Face