One great truth about yoga is that everything is connected. However, when it comes to the case of the shoulder, it is very difficult to get the connection. The fact is that these joints are strong and located at the uppermost part of the body. So, if this is the case, what do they have to do with anything else?
Some yogi also explained that anything that happens in your core area goes out the periphery. Therefore, when you have a tight chest for instance, you may also experience that tightness in areas like your shoulders and probably your elbows, fingers, eyes, ears, wrists, and even jaw. The common chest and shoulder opener, which is normally started in most yoga classes, is not funny. It requires you to clasp your hands behind your back as well as flattening your winds down, into your back. However, if you are experiencing tightness of your shoulder or injury, this practice is a good option. There are other harmless moves you can try, like the Downward Facing dog, as well as other yoga poses that requires some form of rotation in the joint of the shoulder such as, Urdhva Dhanurasana (Wheel pose).
So, what can a yoga that has tight shoulders do? The most important thing to do is to focus on those areas that will make your shoulders to be stronger as well as more stable. What this means is that you have to engage the rhomboids, and it will make it to become stronger. In addition, it will also make your posture to improve and assist in backbends as well as inversions.
Tips for stiff shoulders
1. Arm-bones should be plugged into its sockets.
During your yoga practice, you probably would have noticed that while you are in action, you might occasionally, extend your arms out of their sockets, trying to get more reach. Do it, do not relent. Try to stretch out your arms overhead and pay attention to where your shoulders are. Now, you have to keep those arms or yours up, and plug your arm bones back into their sockets.
2. Fill your up waistline
In most yoga poses, like the standing pose, as well as inversions, we often create some form of extreme extension in our waistline. This compromises the movement of the shoulders. When this action is performed, which your yoga instructor will direct you on, you will create more room for natural movement of your shoulder girdle.
It is always a good idea to work with a qualified yoga instructor, who will tell you what to do and how to go about it. This will help you to achieve the results that you deserve as well.