Finding the shoulders and upper back. Wed 530 Fundamentals

Pranayama over 2 blocks to open the upper back and heart.

1/4 dog using blocks, thread the needle, elbows on blocks anahatasana, rabbit, cat, table of torture.  Doug Keller work for the shoulders on the wall.  Using flex bands for a few strengthening moves. Goddess with eagle arms.  Using the wall to stretch out the shoulders.  Goddess shoulder dip, forward fold, cat, child walking hands side to side. Aromatherapy and Savasana.

The shoulder stretches done at the wall had a request for more detail to them so here we go. Standing next to wall have palm on wall with fingertips pointing down just lower than hip height. Step forward 1/2 step. Keep collarbones broad, shoulders relaxed, feet straight and lined up. Step back to release.

Have palm on wall just below shoulder height with fingers pointing straight back  behind you.  Arm is fully extended no bend in the elbow. Take a 1/2 step forward again keeping everything lined up collarbones, shoulders relaxed, feet straight.  Step back to release.

Have palm on wall at shoulder height with fingers point straight up to ceiling and make sure fingers are straightup not twisted to one side or the other. Take a step forward again feel the stretch. Step back to release.

If you are interested in the shoulder strengthening work that we did let me know I do have a hand out for that. Just email me and I will bring it to class.

Aromatherapy tonight will be Ananda Blend from Yoga Flow Oils, thank you Susan