Yoga poses like Dolphin and Half Frog open the shoulders, giving you more flexibility and allowing deeper backbends.
Take a leap of faith into Hanumanasana or Monkey Pose, named for a figure in Hindu mythology who did just that. And when faith doesn't get you all the way there, practice will.
Eka Pada Koundinyasana I
Eka Pada Koundinyanasana II
Start to understand, lengthen, and strengthen your teres major—a little-known muscle that can be the key to protecting your shoulders when you go upside down.
Try this strap trick to increase postural awareness in the upper back and shoulders—and relieve the excess tension that accumulates there.
Yoga teacher Natasha Rizopoulos demonstrates how to imprint safe shoulder alignment before you get to Sun Salutations.
Yoga and Pilates teacher Trina Altman shares why she practices and teaches a lot more than asana. Here, three big ways she’d love to see asana practice advance in the near future.
Practice these four poses to heal an injury or strengthen your shoulders to prevent one.
Binds are a wonderful way to open the shoulders, create a safe, stable haven in a pose, and build prana in the body. Within these 5 binds, you’ll find some of the most elegant, graceful shapes that ask you to rise to the occasion.
Stretch the upper back, spine, and shoulders; opens the chest; help release chronic tension in the shoulders and neck in Extended Puppy Pose.
We spend hours in front of our computers and phones, and the repetitive movement patterns can cause neck and shoulder strain. This sequence will help.
Practice these backbends and inversions for increased flexibility and strength and feel the freedom of greater range of motion in your chest and shoulders.
This minor muscle is a major player in backbends. Expand it—and its web of connective tissue—for greater range of motion in your chest and back.