Shoulders & Twists – Weekly Advanced Class 110

Focus: This class focuses on shoulder opening poses and twists. This pairing of shoulders and twists can be complementary. For people working with restricted shoulder mobility, an improved range of motion can often be found from the perspective of twists. Poor posture can contribute to impingement of the rotator cuff muscle group and lead towards a variety of shoulder problems. This class works to alleviate this by pulling the shoulders back and down into a healthy alignment. The pectorals are consciously lengthened and the shoulder blades are moved in and down. These effects are often naturally present in the twisting asanas. This class contains variations of several standing poses. These poses are adapted to emphasise specific shoulder or twisting effects. The last section of the class includes the shoulder opening arm clasps with the seated twists bharadvajasana and marichiyasana III.

Key Poses: Uttanasana, vasisthasana, parivrtta trikonasana, bharadvajasana, marichyasana III.

Equipment: Mat, 2 blankets, 2 blocks, belt.

Level: Advanced

Duration: 55 min

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  1. Anita S

    I had never tried uttanasana with the support of the wall as demonstrated in this class and I found it really helpful in releasing the neck. Thanks Rod I will be using this pose again. Great class.

    • Rod

      Thanks for your feedback Anita. Glad you liked it! It’s always good to find new angles with familiar poses. 🙂

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