Shoulder strength is essential for maintaining healthy posture and upper body mobility. Cody coach Dana Falsetti is sharing four yoga movements to help build strength and flexibility in your shoulders. These exercises make a great warm-up to prepare your shoulders for inversions and weight-bearing poses.
Begin in a tabletop position with your wrists positioned beneath the shoulders and your knees beneath your hips. Spread your fingers out wide, and press the ground away from you to protract your shoulders so the space between your shoulder blades spreads across your back. Retract your shoulders by drawing the shoulder blades and squeezing them together.
Perform a high plank by keeping your arms straight and your wrists aligned beneath your shoulders. Keep your plank active by pressing the ground away from you and tucking in your tailbone to create space between you and the floor.
Bring your forearms to a parallel position on the ground and with your elbows aligned beneath your shoulders. Begin walking your feet in as you lift your hips as high as possible.
Begin in dolphin pose with your forearms on the ground and your hips high in the air. Perform a dolphin dive by moving the shoulders forward slightly, then returning them back over the line of the elbows. Repeat this movement, rocking back and forth.
Want to keep building your strength with Dana? Check out her free yoga class here.