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Sure I many ways back bends are metaphoric heart Openers. For me the experience of going deep into back bending is more of a challenge to be present, patient, and reliable/trustworthy. It's a conversation between the mind that asks the body if it's ready to go deeper, and the Body responds through sensation. A trust is formed when the mind listens to the body, and the body clearly communicates its needs. I am trying to put words to an experience that only those that have been there can truly understand. So if this sounds esoteric, my advice to you is simple try to feel the depth of sensation in your body while you are in your poses and don't go deeper until you have felt past the surface level sensation. Ultimately the conversation that builds trust between mind and body can definitely be a applied to real life to develop stronger connections with people, and in this way back bends are in fact "heart" Openers. As yogis if our purpose is to transform and grow it is beneficial to dive deep into your experience on that mat and see if you can apply it off the mat. We can not expect that doing a back bend is simply going to bring about massive change on a heart level- it will certainly help but it's just the first step to the depth of transformation possible for us.
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