Our featured yoga pose of the week is an upper body stretch for the triceps and chest.
The upper body is sometimes forgotten when doing mobility work. However, it is important to be mobile in the chest, shoulders and upper body. Many movements require sufficient mobility in the upper body. Also, it can help to prevent injuries or muscle strains. This pose can be done by anyone, anywhere as there are accessible modifications.
- First, find a comfortable seated position
- Sit up tall and breathe deeply
- Next, reach your right arm over your head and bend it at the elbow. Aim to point your elbow straight up to the ceiling.
- Bend your left arm behind your back. Aim to point your elbow straight towards the ground.
- If it is accessible, clasp your hands behind your back.
- If you cannot reach your hands together, hold a yoga strap (or rolled up t-shirt, etc.) to give yourself more space. Hold on to both ends of the strap and eventually work your way closer and closer.
- Hold for 1-3 minutes. Make sure to do both sides.
- Make sure to get to a point where you feel a gentle sensation, rather than pain.
- Both sides of your body might feel different. Try not to force both sides to be at the exact same place right as you begin.
- If you have any shoulder injuries and this feels painful, this pose might not be best for you.