Whatever the root cause of your slumping, your yoga practice can help alleviate any resulting pain or dips in mood by bringing more balance to the muscles in your chest, upper back, and neck.
Warrior Pose II
Stand with your feet 3–4 feet apart, the back foot turned out 45–90 degrees; find heel-to-arch alignment between your front and back foot. Raise your arms overhead as you bend the front leg to a 90-degree angle. Your hips will find a slightly angled position as you engage your back leg’s glutes to open the front of your pelvis. As you lower your arms away from the body to shoulder height, feel your shoulder blades draw toward your midline and down your back. This action strengthens the rhomboids and the middle and lower trapezius, as your chest expands forward and opens to stretch the pectoralis major and minor. Imagine pressing the index-finger mounds down against an immovable object as you simultaneously externally rotate the shoulders. Stay here 8–10 breaths; repeat on the other side.
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Ray Long, MD, is an orthopedic surgeon in Detroit and the founder of Bandha Yoga, a website and book series dedicated to the anatomy and biomechanics of yoga. Model Caitlin Rose Kenney is a yoga teacher in Boulder, Colorado.