Posts Tagged ‘shoulders’

Tension Tamers – Shoulder Solutions

June 6, 2012

As with all yoga, you should not feel pain.  If you are experiencing pain, back off from the asana.  Only go deep enough that you feel the stretch.

Shoulder Circles

  • Begin with your arms at your sides or your elbows bent
  • Bring your shoulders forward then, up, back and down
  • Moving in a counter clockwise direction
  • Breath
  • Repeat 3-5 times
  • Switch circles to a Clockwise rotation
  • Repeat 3-5 times

Shoulder Shrugs

  • Begin with your arms at your sides
  • Inhale, tense your muscles – curl your fingers into tight fists, bend your elbows and squeeze your shoulders up to your ears
  • Exhale, relax and release your shoulders, hands and body
  • Repeat 3-5 times

Shoulder Blade Pull Backs:

  • Begin In Mountain Pose, arms at your sides
  • Inhale, bring your shoulders to your ears
  • Squeeze shoulder blades together (while holding your breath)
  • Exhale, relax and release shoulders
  • Repeat 3-5 times

Bird Wings

  • Come to a low kneel
  • Arms at your sides, fingers touching the floor
  • Inhale, bend your elbows (arms at a 90 degree angle to the floor)
  • Exhale, squeeze your shoulder blades together
  • Inhale
  • Exhale and release
  • Repeat 3-5 times

Arm Swings

  • Begin in Tadasana, arms at your sides
  • Swing your right arm in an arc in front of you, into the air
  • Bend your elbow and pat your self gently on your back
  • Return your arm to your side
  • Repeat 10-12 times
  • Repeat with your left arm

Cow Face Arms

  • Inhale, raise your right arm into the air (forearm next to your ear)
  • Exhale, Bend you elbow and bring your hand to your back
  • Bring your Left arm behind your back
  • Bend your elbow (left hand up)
  • Clasp fingers-Bind (if you are unable to bind, use a strap:  hold the strap in your right hand. The strap dangles down your back.  Grasp the strap with your left hand)
  • Straighten your spin, right elbow pointing up
  • Hold for several breaths
  • Switch sides

Eagle Arms

  • Bring your arms to shoulder height
  • Wrap your right arm under your left arm, elbows bent
  • Try to bring the palms of your hands together
  • Inhale, lift your arms
  • Exhale and lower
  • Repeat several times
  • Repeat on opposite side with Left arm Under Right arm.

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Yoga for Neck & Shoulder Pain

July 13, 2010

Remember there should be no pain in Yoga.  Please only take each pose to the point where you are feeling the stretch.  Back off if you are feeling any pain.

Begin with a few minutes of Meditation (Centering and Breathing)

Seated Position

Ear to Shoulder: Inhale, and as you exhale bring your right shoulder towards your right ear.  Hold for several breaths.  Inhale back to center, exhale Left ear towards left shoulder, hold, and then return to center.

Chin to Chest: Inhale, and as you exhale bring your chin towards your chest.  Hold for several breaths.  Inhale and return your head to center.

Shoulder Shrugs: (shoulders to ears) Inhale raise your shoulders and tense your shoulders and arms, exhale relax and release your shoulders with an audible sigh.  Repeat 10 times.

Shoulder Circles: Circle your shoulders up, back, down and forward, repeat five times, then switch directions.

Sea Saw Shoulder Stretch: raise your arms to shoulder height.  Bear Grip (clasp) your hands in front of your chest (do not interlace fingers).  Relax your shoulders.  Pull your arms in opposite directions without loosening your Bear Grip.

Inhale; raise right elbow up, and lower left elbow.  Exhale: raise left elbow and lower right.  Continue on in this way, sea sawing arms for several minutes, increasing speed.

Chest Expansion: Sit tall, bring your hands behind your back and interlace your fingers.  Squeeze your shoulder blades together, and raise your arms off your back as high as is comfortable.  Hold for 5 to 10 breaths.

Arms Overhead with a Strap: Hold a yoga strap (belt, tie or towel) in both hands.  Inhale and raise and straighten your arms over your head.  If you cannot straighten your elbows, widen your grip on the strap.  Bring your chin to your chest and hold for 10 breaths.

Eagle Arms: Bring your arms to shoulder height. Wrap your right arm in front of under your left arm, elbows bent.  Try to bring the palms of your hands together.  Raise and lower your elbows a few times.  Repeat on the opposite side, Left arm under the right.

Cow Face Arms: Raise your left arm, bend your left elbow and place your left hand on your back, fingers pointing towards the floor.  Bring your right arm behind your back, fingers pointing up.  Try to clasp hands (Bear Grip).  If your can’t bind (clasp hands together) hold a yoga strap (belt, tie or towel) in your left hand and hold the opposite end of the strap in your right hand.  Hold for several breaths, and then repeat on the other side.

Table Pose

Cat & Cow Poses: Begin in Table Pose:  Inhale: lift head & hips bowing your back in Cow Pose, Exhale:  drop your head and hips arching your back into Cat Pose (repeat for several breaths)

Down Dog: Begin in Table pose:  curl your toes under, and straighten your legs into an inverted ‘V’ position.  Hold for several breaths.

Cobra: Lay on your belly with legs together.  Bring both hands to the floor.  Hands should be placed close to your sides along your ribs.  Inhale slowly press into your hands and straighten your arms as much as is comfortable.  Hold for several breaths.  Counter cobra pose with Child’s pose.

Standing Poses, along the wall

Shower Hang: place the palms of your hands on a wall at waist height.  Walk your feet backwards until your back is in table pose and your feet and hips are in alignment.  Breathe and hold for several breaths.

Pectoral Stretch: Face a wall and place your arm against the wall.  Gently turn your body away from the wall.  Hold for 10 breaths, and then switch sides.

Trapezius Stretch: Bring your arms behind your back.  Hold your right wrist with your left hand.  Gently pull your right arm to the left.  Hold for a few breaths and then switch sides.

End with a few minutes of Meditation (Centering and Breathing).

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