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Day 19: Intermediate

Shoulder Openers with Kate Holcombe

Sometimes you don't realize just how tight your neck and shoulders are until you start to release them. The "ahhh" that typically follows speaks volumes about the kind of tension we hold in these areas. Muscle tightness in the neck, shoulders, and upper back can be triggered by stress-related habits, such as teeth grinding or poor posture and fatigue. Sitting at a desk with a head-forward posture, and repetitive motions such as typing and mousing, also cause these muscles to contract.

The good news is that it's relatively easy to release these areas, as Kate Holcombe demonstrates in today's video. Gentle movement paired with breathwork will open and release tension in the neck and shoulders, creating freedom throughout the upper body.

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Challenge Tip

Set aside even 15 minutes a day to sit and be mindful, and build from there in a way that provides you with the best benefit. The biggest challenge is to have patience with yourself, and start small.

Today's Recipe: Pear Crisp with
Dried Cherries

You've been working hard—you deserve a treat. This easy-to-prepare, delicious dessert will be just as tasty in the morning alongside a cup of green tea with almond milk.

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