Shoulders & Upper Back – Weekly Intermediate Class 89

Focus: This class focuses on your shoulders and thoracic spine with standing and seated forward bends. The gomukhasana arm action is introduced to the standing pose parsvottanasana. Prasarita podottanasana ii with arms in namaskar is also included. Both of the poses simultaneously improve shoulder mobility whilst containing the thoracic spine. This prepares the upper back for the seated poses that follow. Four key forward bends are then included in the sequence. Initially an upright twisting action is practiced, before entering the forward bend with an emphasis on preventing the thoracic spine from rounding. Eventually the kneeling twist bharadvajasana is included in the sequence. The class will be ideal for students who are working with stiffness around the shoulders and upper back. Modifications that help to accommodate restricted movement are included in the video.


Key Poses: Gomukhasana arm action, namaskar, janu sirsasana, triang mukhaikapada paschimottanasana


Equipment: Mat, 3 blankets, belt


Level: Intermediate


Duration: 55 min


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2 Comments

  1. Sue H

    Great class Love the new look studio btw

    • Rod

      Thanks Sue – for both! We are still figuring out the new studio and there will be further improvements coming. Watch this space!

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