Two Poses To Open Your Shoulders

Posted on July 21, 2015 by wlda

“Is there anything I can do to open up my shoulders?” I hear these words (in different ways) A LOT. 

You will be amazed at the results (over time) after doing these two poses. While Downward-Facing Dog (Adho Mukha Svanasana) may be one of the most popular yoga poses, it can be very painful and difficult for those with wrist pain or carpal tunnel syndrome. As a variation, the Dolphin Pose is done on the forearms, which relieves wrist pressure while providing all of the benefits of Downward-Facing Dog. I invite you to give both poses a try. One every day for a week and see how much better you feel. Thank you for including PRiMEWomen in your exercise routine and I will see you again next month!

Dolphin Pose

Dolphin Pose

Benefits of Dolphin Pose

* Dolphin Pose strengthens and stretches the shoulders, arms, upper back, and legs.
* It helps bring flexibility to the spine, hamstrings, calves, and arches.
* Relief from headaches, insomnia, fatigue, and mild depression
* Improved memory and concentration
* Relief from stress and anxiety
* Improved digestion
* Relief from back pain
* Prevention of osteoporosis
* Relief from sinusitis, asthma, flat feet, and menstrual discomfort

Downward Facing Dog

Downward Facing Dog

Benefits of Downward-Facing Dog

* It deeply stretches your hamstrings, shoulders, calves, arches, hands, and spine
* Builds strength in your arms, shoulders, and legs
* It is considered a mild inversion because your heart is higher than your head in this pose but less strenuous than other inversions, such as Headstand


“If you were born without wings, do nothing to prevent them from growing.”
― Coco Chanel

Always work within your own range of limits and abilities. If you have any medical concerns, talk with your doctor before practicing yoga.

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