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Stretch It: Sleeping Shoulder Stretch

People are always asking me "What's a great way to open your shoulders?" Have I got the stretch for you . . .

  • Start in a seated position on your mat with your legs extended straight out in front of you.
  • Bring one arm at a time behind your back so your fingertips are facing away from you.
  • Begin to walk your hands further away from your head, trying (if you can) to keep your arms and hands in a straight line behind your shoulders.
  • Go as far as you feel comfortable and hold for 5 or 10 breaths (or longer if you love it).
  • SLOWLY walk your hands back in - come to lie down on your back, hugging both knees into your chest and wrapping your arms around your shins to release your lower back and your shoulders.
  • Intense, isn't it? Intensely amazing, I think.

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