Shoulder-Strengthening Yoga Poses
Build strength in your shoulders with this dynamic yoga sequence.
Do you find yourself hunching over your desk at work? Or maybe you see yourself in photos and think, “Wow, I should really work on my posture.” If this sounds like you, it’s time to put some effort into strengthening your shoulders. Strong shoulders are the key to maintaining good posture and keeping that tight, hunched-over feeling away.
Yoga can be utilized to build up the strength of your shoulder muscles. The sequence below is a combination of strong, dynamic movement and asana, which allows for both strength building and tension relief in your shoulders.
Dolphin Head Taps
Move between poses 1 and 2 for 30 seconds. Rest for 10 seconds.
1. Dolphin pose
2. Dolphin head taps
Forearm Plank Knee Crunches
Starting in Forearm plank, bring your knee to meet your tricep. Keep moving and alternating sides for 30 seconds. Rest for 10 seconds.
3. Forearm plank
4. Forearm plank, knee to tricep
Move through poses 5 to 9 for 30 seconds. Rest for 10 seconds and then do two more sets with 10 second gaps.
5. Downward facing dog
6. Elbow dog with knee hover
9. Upward facing dog
All images courtesy of MacKenzie Miller / EkhartYoga.com.