Many of us react to stress by holding tension in our shoulders. What's more, our modern lives can involve a lot sitting without much movement. This short Yoga sequence can help to release shoulder tension and build strength.
You can benefit even more if in addition you take 30-second breaks throughout your day to move your shoulders, breath, and let go of tension.
Sit cross-legged with the unaccustomed leg inside (so you also get to open your hips a little), spine tall and straight. Repeat each move around 10 times, moving with the breath. Alternate arms where needed.
- Shoulder alignment. Inhale, broaden across the front chest. Exhale, release shoulders away from ears.
- "Angel wings". Inhale, straight arms raise to either side (not forward or back) then towards each other, just as far as you can without losing shoulder alignment. Exhale, return.
- Arm across. On the...