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3 Foolproof Chest and Shoulder Openers

Practice these backbends and inversions for increased flexibility and strength and feel the freedom of greater range of motion in your chest and shoulders.

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Practice these backbends and inversions for increased flexibility and strength and feel the freedom of greater range of motion in your chest and shoulders.

Camel Pose

camel pose, ustrasana

Ustrasana

You can begin to experience the benefits of stretching the pectoralis minor in a pose like Camel Pose. Improving your flexibility in the clavipectoral fascia will allow greater range of motion in your shoulders, chest, and spine.

See also Get a Lift in Camel

Handstand

handstand pose, ado mukha vrksasana

Adho Mukha Vrksasana

Balancing on the hands requires mobility and strength in the shoulders, in addition to a strong core. Regularly practicing the pectoralis minor wall stretch will eventually lead to better alignment vertically, even if you’re upside-down in Handstand.

See also Challenge Pose: Handstand

Handstand Scorpion

scorpion handstand, vrschikasana

Eventually, strong shoulders, openness in the chest, and length in the spine allow the grace and flexibility for advanced inverted backbends like Vrschikasana B (Scorpion Pose B or Handstand Scorpion).

See also Kathryn Budig Challenge Pose: Scorpion in Handstand