Take a breath in. Exhale slowly out. Relax.
Now, tune into your body as you read the following words:
Shelter in Place
Did you notice your shoulders and jaw tense up, too? And, yet we are bombarded with blurbs about these topics all day long and do nothing to ease the issue in the tissue. (I mean, we haven’t heard anything about Murder Hornets in a good long while and I hope it stays that way, but everything else is right there in front of us no matter what we do about it.)
So, I thought I’d do my best to help. I’m going to share with you my favorite shoulder openers to get you a little closer to feeling more like yourself again.
Did you know that shoulders, according to Louise L. Hay, “represent our ability to carry out experiences in life joyously.” So, if you experience issues or tightness in the shoulder area you are having the attitude that life is a burden.
And, this year I can completely understand that. But, if the body represents what’s going on in the mind, we can start to heal these weary thoughts by releasing the tension in the shoulders.
Also, sitting at a computer all day – which is what most of us are doing right, now – causes some shoulder tightness, too. You should see me right now writing this, my left shoulder is pulled all the way up to my ear at this point – a bad habit I’m always trying my best to break.
So, try these shoulder openers out. You can do them all at once or sprinkle them throughout your day – it’s up to you. On a conference call without your video cam turned off? Perfect timing to squeeze these in.
Shoulder Opener #1
You can do this lying on your stomach or take it to the wall. Cross one arm over your, possibly crossing at the elbow and then lay down on it or press the arms into the wall. Goodbye tension!
Shoulder Opener #2
Once again you can do this lying down beginning on the stomach or take it to the wall. Extend one arm out in line with the shoulder. Then roll towards it, so that the arm is behind you. If you are on the floor you can also bring the opposite hand to meet the other one. This is easier if the palm is up. Want a deeper stretch? Keep the palm down. Sayonara stress!
Shoulder Opener #3
Kneel at the wall. Put both forearms on the wall with the elbow in line with the shoulder. And then, without moving the forearms, let your hips sink down to the floor. Just remember, this is not a Puppy Press. You are not trying to get the chest or armpits to the wall. It's a bit more relaxing because of this, but just as effective. I love this one. Adios worry!
You’ll have to let me know what you think on these. For me, they’ve been a tremendous help and I know my regular students have benefitted from these openers as well.
Doing simple shoulder openers throughout the day is a great self-care tool that will assist you in relaxing through the tense moments of 2020 and beyond. It’s all about feeling more like the empowered, loving, carefree yogi you were meant to be.
Tori Hicks-Glogowski is an online yoga instructor and yoga business coach and mentor for yoga teachers. She is the author of the book, "Views from the Podium: The Life & Times of a Hot Yogi," and has been writing and sharing her yoga experience for the past seven years. Find out more about Tori now.