Everyone spends time in the heartbreak hotel at some point in his or her life. The crushing pain, the dull ache, the feeling of helplessness can be overpowering and make you feel that your life will never be complete or whole again. You are mistaken. Time heals a broken heart, but you can hasten the healing process with yoga. It is a potent antidote that can mend your heart and ensure you join the land of the living.

Here are five yoga poses that will help mend your broken heart and make you feel better so that you no longer cringe at the thought of laughing and being happy.

  1. Sphinx Pose

Lie on your belly on your yoga mat and tuck your elbow under your shoulders. Then from waist up raise your body while keeping your balance with your hands, just like the Sphinx. Press your feet into the floor and hold the position for about five minutes. You can do this pose any time to contract your back and open your chest. It will help you get over the crushing pain you are experiencing in your heart.

  1. Camel Pose

Get on your knees and inhale deeply. When you exhale, lean back and let your hands hold your heels. Hold this position for about five breaths. It helps to ease the tension from your neck. When you hold the position, it will blank out your mind so that moment you forget about your ex. You will find this experience liberating.

  1. Pigeon Pose

Lie flat on your belly. Then slide your right foot under your stomach, away from the left hip flexor. Hold the position for about two minutes and switch legs. It loosens your hips, the region where anxiety, sadness, and fear are stored. It will alleviate negative emotions and give you the courage to go on with your life.

  1. Child’s Pose

Get down on your knees and then forward, allowing your forehead to rest on the floor while extending your hands backward, with palms facing up. Gently part your thighs so that your belly can rest between them. Hold the position for about three minutes. While doing this pose, focus on the center of the forehead and with each breath you take, imagine a white, peaceful light extending from the base of your spine all the way to the center of your forehead. It will help you calm down.

When your heart breaks, the last thing on your mind will be yoga. However, rather than lying in bed and hugging your pillow while you cry buckets of tears, practice these yoga poses to help your heart heal. You will find that they truly can assist you to get over a broken heart.

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