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Open Up Tight Shoulders With a Quick Yoga Sequence

Jan 23 2014 - 2:40pm

At the Yoga Journal Conference [1] in San Francisco, LA yogi Vinnie Marino's class was artfully designed to open up tight shoulders, since the sweet spot between the shoulder blades is one of the most common places we hold stress. If you experience tightness or are constantly attempting to move your shoulders away from your ears, this yoga sequence will help you open your shoulder space to give it the attention it deserves.

Source: Louisa Larson Photography [2]

Downward Facing Dog

Tight shoulders get warmed up and a big release in Downward Dog:

Source: Louisa Larson Photography [3]

Quarter Dog

Once you get a little warmed up in Downward Facing Dog, you'll find even more release in your shoulders with Quarter Dog:

Source: Louisa Larson Photography [5]

Rotated Side Angle

All the muscles along your spine get a big, deep stretch in Rotated Side Angle:

If you're still a little perplexed, get all the details on Rotated Side Angle [11].

Source: Louisa Larson Photography [12]

Standing Forward Bend Pose

Standing Forward Bend helps calm everything down in the back of your body. Dropping your chin in toward your chest releases the space in between your shoulders. You'll be amazed at how the stress melts away:

Source: Laughing River Yoga [17]

Chair Pose

The raised arms in Chair help build up strength in your back while creating space in between your shoulder blades:

Photo: Jenny Sugar

Eagle Pose

The twisted arms in Eagle may look a little intimidating, but this pretzel-looking pose is some of your best defense against tight, stressed shoulders:

Source: Louisa Larson Photography [21]

Wide-Legged Forward Bend C

Once you're all good and warmed up from the sequence, your shoulders will be get final, intense stretch in Wide-Legged Forward Bend C:

Source: Laughing River Yoga [26]

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