Chest Opener

Starting from your belly take your arms out wide at shoulder height. Bend your right arm and bring your hand beneath your shoulder. Gently start to press into your hand so that your chest lifts and you start to feel a stretch through the front of the left shoulder.

 

From here you can bend your knees or keep your legs straight, really just finding a comfortable place for your legs as you open through the shoulder.

 

To exit the pose slowly start to bring yourself back down and rest on your belly before repeating on the second side.

Physical Benefits:

  • Stretches the front of the shoulder & chest

  • Compresses between shoulder blades

  • Offers a gentle twist

Contraindications: Shoulder or neck issues.

Props:

Important: In your Yin Yoga practice it is extremely important to listen to your own body. Within some of these poses you may experience discomfort, but we are NOT looking for pain. If you have an injury, be sure not to push yourself. If you feel any pain or pinching, back off out of the pose or try something else.

Make sure you move in and out of these poses slowly and mindfully. Give your body time to understand the changes that are occurring and make sure you rest between poses so that your body can reset.

While each pose does list suggestions for props and the known contraindications, your body is unique. It is your responsibility to keep yourself safe in your yoga practice ❤