The shoulder girdle acts as a stabilizer to help us carry weight in our arms and also with the support of your spine. Alignment of the shoulder girdle is vital not only for the health of your shoulder joints, but also for the health of your spine. Your shoulders are open when the shoulder girdle supports the natural curve of your spine. The shoulder muscles are conditioned for great mobility and these muscles must be balanced on all sides of the shoulder joint for optimum stability. Every time we lift our arms, many shoulder muscles are activated and because of the structure of the shoulder girdle misalignment of the shoulders leads to misuse and abuse of our shoulders. Below is a sample of a few of the exercises we will be practicing in this workshop:
Standing Shoulder Strap Kayaking:
a) Standing with a strap made to be slightly wider than shoulder distance. Hold the rings in one hand. Flex elbows & raise arms over head & like a lat press keeping elbows bent lower strap behind neck then overhead to in front of chest. Then keep back movement but lengthen arms out in front. Next kayak strap like a figure eight fashion all around body going one direction for 8 then change to other direction.
Modification #1: Move hands further apart from each other.
Modification #2: Shorten strap & kayak in front of body.
Standing Strap Cowboy Arms Twist:
In Tadasana holding strap in either hand. Flex elbows so wrists & shoulders are in line with them. Inhale, exhale pull strap over to R. Inhale as you return to the centre. Exhale pull strap over to L. Repeat several times.
Standing Strap Eagle Arms Twist:
Even if you can do Garudasana, place hands as if duplicating this pose & hold onto a strap. Hands will be close together but not touching. Stand in Tadasana & as you exhale, pull on pieces of strap & twist to R. Inhale return to centre. Exhale pull on pieces of strap & twist to L. Keep scapulae down back. Repeat several times.
Yoga for Shoulders Workshop
Harmony Yoga Pilates Studio, Calgary
#200, 3160-118th Ave. SE
Facilitator: Helen Mikuska, (E-RYT500, SOYA, IYTA)
Date: Sunday, April 27, 2014
Time: 1:00-4:00 p.m.
Fee: $32.25 (incl. gst)
Email: info@harmonyyogapilates to register