Yoga Poses for Tight Shoulders

I taught one of my favorite yoga classes to date this week! Two of my fellow instructors were there, one being one of my favorite teachers of all time (and the owner of the studio) – Catie Coon. Hellooooooo nerves! A very good friend of mine who is just back from having a baby, a sweet girl that I met in a Mala workshop last weekend, my wonderful regulars, and a few 1st timers to yoga were all in my class. Quite the mix! Mixed level classes are always a challenge – but so fun!

I’ve been focusing a lot on shoulders this week. My shoulders needed some extra lovin’ after all the tiling and grout work we’ve done the past few days. By the way, grouting is for the birds. I swear I’ve wiped that floor 20 times and it’s still hazy. Bringing out the big guns today.

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Don’t disappoint me DuPont.

Here are a few of my favorite ways I’ve been stretching these tight shoulders. Please notice I am doing yoga in our NEW kitchen floor. I’m so proud of that thing you can’t keep me off of it!

Dragon Fly: Lie facedown on your belly. Place your left arm underneath your right at shoulder height. Walk your fingers away from one another to lengthen your arms, until your arms make a ‘T’. Come onto your toes and shift yourself forward until your shoulders line up directly over your arms. Relax into the pose again as you hook your chin over your shoulders. Breathe here for 5 deep breaths. Repeat on other side.

Criss Cross

Thread the Needle: Begin on all fours. Thread your right arm underneath your body, allowing your right shoulder and the side of your head to come all the way to the ground. Keep your left hand where it is, or bring it up over your head. Relax into the pose and stay here for 5 deep breaths. Repeat on other side.

Thread the Needle

Chest/Shoulder Opener (at the wall) – Stand sideways to a wall and bend your elbow so your forearm is raised at shoulder height. Press your forearm into the wall. Keeping firm contact with the wall, breathe deeply as you slowly turn your body away from the wall. Stay here for 5 deep breaths. Repeat on opposite side.

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I’m off to wipe the floor AGAIN and then Sweatstock!

Hope you have a fantastic weekend!

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