Ganesh Mudra (elephant gesture or gesture of the elephant god) is an energetic posture/gesture for awakening anahata chakra, the luminous heart center. This mudra is designed with the intention of stimulating the energy within and surround anahata chakra which acts as a conduit for awakening higher states of cognition including compassion, love, and empathy.
This mudra allows for an expressive connection to Lord Ganesh, the remover of obstacles who allows for advancing growth in spirituality.
Anatomically this posture targets the chest, arms, shoulders, and upper back thereby toning them and increasing their strength. It can also be used to relieve tension suspended within the deeper skeletal muscles that are hidden underneath the shoulder blades that can sometimes be a victim of psycho-somatic tension.
Dwikonasana (double angle pose) is a posture for awakening anahata chakra, the heart chakra or literally seat of the "unstruck sound". Anahata chakra is the energetic center for the spiritually emotive sensations of love, compassion, connection and understanding. It is also the bridge point between the individualized consciousness with the universal consciousness.
Therapeutically dwikonasana strengthens the intraspinatus muscles and other major muscle groups sarrounding the shoulder blades including the rhomboids, teres muscle, and trapezius muscles. It also tones and develops the chest and neck. This practice should not be performed by those who have shoulder injuries.
Akarna Dhanurasana (Bow and Arrow Pose) is a yoga practice that is capable of awakening anahata chakra (the heart chakra). It is also is beneficial practice for strengthening the chest, upper back, arms, and shoulders. It can treat asthma, cardiological complications, tension, fatigue, and rounded shoulders.
Ardha Usthrasana (half camel pose) is a practice for awakening anahata charka, the heart chakra. Anahata is the seat of our spiritual-based emotions of love, compassion, and understanding. By activating anahata the practitioner connects to the interdependent design of the universe.
Ardha Usthrasana is also used therapeutically to relieve constipation, indigestion, reproductive disorders like infertility, menstrual disorders, and menopausal symptoms. Also strengthens and stretches spinal column, improving the overall health of the spine and relieving mild cases of backache and pain.