2 Yoga Poses for Tight Shoulders

by Darla Brown on September 4, 2009

Slouching over your computer all day can lead to some pretty painful repetitive stress injuries, such as carpal tunnel syndrome. The key is to take action before you feel pain and numbness in your hands and legs. Here are two yoga poses for tight shoulders. Set an alarm on your computer to remind you to get up and stretch for at least 5 minutes every hour.

2 Yoga Poses for Tight Shoulders

1. Shoulder stretch at wall – Stand with your right shoulder facing the wall. Extend your right arm behind you and use it to brace yourself as you gently stretch your shoulder back. Hold and breath. Repeat other side.

2. Cactus arms in chair pose – Stand up and place your arms up like a cactus (bent elbows out and forearms extend up, hands open, palms facing forward). Bring your feet together hip distance or closer. Bend deeply as if you’re sitting in a chair, while maintaining your hands in cactus. Hold and breath. Repeat.

Watch the video for detailed instructions:

Sample Video by Acacia – Watch on YouTube.

Darla Brown

Founder at Share Yoga
Darla Brown is the founder of Share Yoga and a certified yoga teacher. Darla's love of yoga started over 20 years ago. She has taken teacher training and intensives with master teacher Max Strom as well as Jamie Elmer, Kyra Haglund, Luke Ketterhagen and Nancy Goodstein. Darla's practice focuses on breath and healing.

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Donna Freeman September 5, 2009 at 6:13 am

Great workout! Three minutes and I’m feeling it. Love all the little adjustments. The “if you thigh muscles start to burn, scoop your tailbone a little more to engage your buttock muscles” is very effective. Will use that in my classes.

darla September 5, 2009 at 2:25 pm

I agree. I have been doing the shoulder stretch at the wall. Feels great!

YogiCelestial September 17, 2009 at 7:13 pm

I love YOGA so much. I am so glad that I found this video. I work on the computer all day and my shoulders hurt more than any other part of my body. These moves seem to help!

Anjeanette October 1, 2010 at 6:20 pm

There are a lot of great poses that stretch the shoulders. It’s one of the best benefits I get from yoga. I found Leeann Carey has an awesome free yoga video on shoulder stretches that I thought your readers might like: http://www.planetyoga.com/yoga-blogs/free-yoga-video-shoulder-stretches-for-improved-mobility/

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