This is a simple pose that stretches the shoulders and arms and is a great addition to your yoga practice, post-workout stretch, or even at your desk to relieve tension and improve posture.

Start sitting comfortably with your spine straight and easy.  Reach your right arm overhead, turn your palm inwards so your pinkie finger faces forward, and relax your shoulder down.  Drop your right hand onto your upper back.  Take your left arm out to the side and turn your thumb down, so your palm faces backwards. Sweep your left arm behind your back and work your hands towards one another.

Take care that you don’t alter the position of your spine in an effort to get your hands together.  Particularly if your body isn’t warmed up, your hands might not meet.  Instead, hold a towel or yoga strap between your hands so that your spine can remain tall and comfortable, with your shoulders and neck relaxed.

Take 5 deep breaths, and then switch sides.

Going Deeper:  Notice how one side is quite different from the other – this might be an inspiration to explore balancing the strength and flexibility of both sides of your body in practice.

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