Opens the shoulders and teaches you how to let go by using the breath and holding the pose
Sit on your heels with your inner ankles touching. If your knees hurt, try Sukhasana (Easy Pose). Reach your arms sideways and then take the back of your left hand behind you and between your shoulder blades. Use your right hand at your left elbow to move your left hand higher up your back. Turn the left palm open. Root the thumb and small finger evenly into your back. Release and do the other side. For step 2, have a belt ready. Bring the left hand back to where it was. With the right arm still out, turn the right palm open. Inhale to bring the right arm up, bend the elbow, and reach for your left hand. If you are unable to clasp your hands, use the belt, with an end in each hand. Keep your right elbow pointing up and rotate the upper arm toward the ear. Keep your left shoulder in line with your collarbones. Breathe smoothly, directing your breath into any tightness. Relax your face, especially the jaw. Hold for as long as you can breathe comfortably but still feel challenged. To release, take your arms to your sides. Repeat step 2 on the opposite side.
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