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Season 1 - Episode 6

Safe, Strong Shoulders

30 min - Practice


Move towards Ustrasana (Camel pose) in this well-rounded class you can do if you have a shoulder injury that is aggravated by raising your arms overhead. Olivia demonstrates how to make a "harness" out of a strap to stabilize the shoulders in a series of standing poses that challenge our leg and hip strength and balance, and open the chest and upper back in Garudasana (Eagle) arms, twists, and Ustrasana, with and without the support of our harness. You will feel open and relaxed.
What You'll Need: Mat, Strap, Block (2)

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I always appreciate clever new ways to use the strap. I do have a stiff shoulder and the criss-cross method really helped me to find a better sense of openness in the standing postures. I would also say this is a great practice for the whole body as well. Lovely!
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Hello Jenny S!  Isn't it nice when our healing can encompass the whole body? I love how yoga is, ironically, such a great multi-tasking activity. Hoping that stiff shoulder turns the corner with this strap method.  Thanks for practicing with me!!
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I found this to be a well rounded short practice with lots of options always given for various abilities. It's wonderful to learn new ways of using the strap as Jenny mentioned. The many cues to bring the shoulder blades together in various poses really helps with slouching shoulders. Thank you Olivia.
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Christel B Thanks for your feedback! Yoga props are so versatile - glad you liked the variation. I'm happy to hear that the verbal cues were also helpful.  We have to stay on top of those shoulders, all of us!  Here's to good posture!!

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