Video: Shoulder and Chest Opening Yoga Flow, Part 1

Willow Ryan

Contributor - Yoga, Massage & Bodywork

Portland, Oregon, United States


Today we are talking about our shoulders and chest. We are going to stretch these areas, and at the same time strengthen our back. Those who sit in a compromised, internally-rotated position all day will find this particularly beneficial. Here are the poses we are going to use:


  • Birdwing - Standing or sitting, 5 x a day.
  • Warrior 1 Shoulder Shrugs - 3 x each leg, or 1 x each leg plus Horsestance.


As noted above, you can also come into Horsestance from the shoulder shrugs for a third and final round. If you choose to do this, be aware how different hip positions also bring your torso and shoulders into different positions. Being mindful of the position of your shoulders relative to your hips will help you to create positive habits and movement patterns.

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