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Yoga Exercise - Shoulder Stretches

This exercise is great in relieving stress and tension on your shoulders, as well as your entire upper back. Learn how to do a Shoulder Stretch in this section. You will need a long strap for this one.

1. Sit in any comfortably erect position. Hold the strap and straighten your arms forward. As you inhale, move your arms up until they are overhead, and exhale as you bring them down behind you.

2. Coordinate this movement with your breathing, making the movement smooth. Make sure the strap is sufficiently long and your hands sufficiently far apart, so that you can keep your arms straight. If you cannot keep your arms straight, lengthen the strap.

3. The idea is to circumscribe as large a circle as possible with your hands as they go up and over. Therefore, at every given moment you are stretching outward through your arms in the direction they are pointing.

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Article Comments
Friday 20th July 2007 at 4:57:12 PM  

Very relaxing!

Wednesday 7th November 2007 at 9:51:25 AM  

where can i get a strap?

Monday 21st January 2008 at 7:13:40 PM  

why is there no animation on this page?

Tuesday 1st September 2009 at 5:46:43 PM  

You don''t need a formal strap - use a scarf, t-shirt, whatever.

Tuesday 15th September 2009 at 4:55:52 AM  

Great and very relaxing

Tuesday 29th September 2009 at 11:42:21 PM  

Be very careful with this exercise. Those who suffer from frequent shoulder dislocations/subluxations should approach this exercise only under the guidance of a physiotherapist as these movements can tend to result in a painful shoulder dislocation. Tks.

Tuesday 1st December 2009 at 7:00:11 PM  

How can you do that? I can''t bring my arms down behind me.

Tuesday 31st August 2010 at 2:30:14 AM  

Do the hands go as far for everyone as shown in the animation?

Wednesday 1st September 2010 at 8:37:40 AM  

Tazi, mine certainly don''t go down that far! I just do it as far as possible, I figure I''ll be able to get further down when I''m nicely stretched and bendy from all my yoga!

Sanaan Mughal
Friday 8th October 2010 at 3:18:13 PM  

how much time we take during each exercise

Saturday 29th October 2011 at 11:55:29 AM  

This is not possible if you have a partially frozen shoulder area.

Friday 27th January 2012 at 11:22:38 PM  

I tried this exercise. It is really effective

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