Enhance Your Posture
The result of spending too much time hunched over a computer or sitting in a chair can create sharp pain between the shoulder blades and tightness in your back. Chest opening poses help correct the overly rounded shoulders and upper back of poor posture. Upward-facing dog, for example, in which you prop yourself up on your toes and hands while lifting your shins and thighs off the mat and bending backward to lift the chest to the ceiling, improves posture by strengthening the spine and stretching the chest, shoulders, and abdomen. Other poses that open the chest to enhance posture include cobra pose, camel pose, and Sphinx pose. Combat the Blues
Chest openers can combat a case of the blues and improve your mood. When you open the heart by lifting the chest, your outlook improves and your body language becomes more expansive and spry. The typical posture of someone who is in a poor mood or depressed features hunched shoulders and a hanging head. If you roll your shoulders up and expand your chest, you automatically look and feel more confident and radiant. Breathe Deeper
When you're hunched forward, you’re compressing your lungs, making it harder for them to expand with deep breaths. Chest openers help provide more room for lung expansion as you breathe. Deeper breaths mean more oxygen enters the body, which can help reduce stress, improve your focus, and combat fatigue.