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Ways to open up back / shoulders.

Ellie2010-07-04 23:03:50 +0000 #1
Alrighty!

Well, if you have read my intro post you will know that I haven't ever really gotten into yoga, but I have always wanted to... I just haven't had the patience for it. (as weird as that seems... heh.)

But lately I started to notice that my shoulders were slouching forwards quite a bit. This is causing me to get a little bit of a hunch back, and my neck leaning forwards a little bit..

I had asked on yahoo answers what I can do about it, and someone said to do the cobra.

So I tried doing it, but all I really feel is a stretch in my lower stomach, and not my shoulders, or back?

So I guess what my question is, is what can I do to reverse this process and fix my posture, and am I doing the cobra wrong?

Thanks a lot!
InnerAthlete2010-07-04 23:20:01 +0000 #2
How can we answer your question from the waters of Yoga when you have not even put your toe into the surf?

The answer to your question about your shoulders, spine, and neck would be very involved when given from those waters mentioned above. Anatomically some might simply say the muscles in your upper chest are too tight and provide a "prescription to release those. And that might be somewhat effective.

Postures are built over time and thus so too are they remedied over time. Such a course would require patience, effort, and discipline. There are also answers which go beyond the physical form, beyond mere anatomy and bio-mechanics. But such a response, while accurate, would likely make no sense whatsoever to a non-practitioner.

As it relates to Bhujangasana (Cobra), a pose or posture devoid of actions is completely useless (yogically). One can not "do" Cobra for anything at all if it is not built to move the proper things and stabilize the proper things. That takes time (more dang patience) and a teacher.

It is not a matter of doing the pose "right" or "wrong" it is simply a matter of doing the pose safely while also achieving a high degree of efficacy. Again, takes time and a teacher.

Consider going to a class where the teacher is highly trained, continues that training, AND has some therapeutic training as part of their over training. Many teachers can tell you what to do next (with your limbs) but only a few both look and see.

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