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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.

By MacKenzie Miller


Dolphin Head Taps

Move between poses 1 and 2 for 30 seconds. Rest for 10 seconds.

1. Dolphin pose


2. Dolphin head taps

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

Forearm plank

4. Forearm plank, knee to tricep

Forearm plank knee to tricep


Turbodog Vinyasa

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

Downward dog

6. Elbow dog with knee hover

Knees hovering elbow plank

7. Dolphin


8. Chaturanga


9. Upward facing dog

Upward facing dog

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All images courtesy of MacKenzie Miller /

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