shoulder pain

Why 'drop your shoulders' is a terrible yoga cue.

Why 'drop your shoulders' is a terrible yoga cue.

A lot of the yoga we practice these days emphasises bearing weight through our arms (and therefore, our shoulder girdles). Which, strictly speaking, we aren't really designed to do.

Which makes it really important to understand what we should be doing with our arms and shoulders to be safe.

Yoga for your neck & shoulders, because you asked!

Sore necks, shoulders and wrists. They are the curse of the modern human. One of the biggest requests so far in our survey (there's still time to fill it out & win a prize!) has been for exercises to ease this tightness. 

Here are some really simple ones for you to try. Finance Conference - Yoga in Pictures

The good people of have been loyal mm...Yogis for some time now. We provide yoga as part of their corporate health & wellness strategy, and this year, they amped things up a notch. They got mm...Yoga! in to teach a meditation class at the HR Team's annual strategy session, and a morning yoga, breathing and meditation session at the finance team conference too. How awesome are they?

I was even more impressed because the entire finance team - 70+ people - turned up. Despite it being, you know, early in the morning. And you know how those conference dinners go. A lot of people were feeling...under the weather.

Yet there they all were, cracking jokes, stretching gamely, even if they'd never done yoga before, and focusing on their breathing.

Afterwards, they told me it was a really great way to start their morning, and that they felt calm and energised. Love it!

Photos courtesy of Aaron Yong.

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Shoulder Pain?

Yeah, sitting at a desk will do that. And sometimes, you don’t have time/don’t want to do a full yoga practice, which you KNOW will help those aching shoulders, right? I get it. So, without further ado, I present to you…

The Lazy-Pants guide to Yoga for Your Shoulders.



Bye-bye, hunchasana.

Got a hunch? Not in the good way, rather that slumpy-shouldered thing most of us have going on?

That hunchy thing makes our necks and shoulders hurt, does Bad Things to our breathing, and brings on headaches.

It doesn’t have to be that way. If you stretch the muscles in your chest, especially your pectoralis minor:

and the inside surface of your arms, especially your biceps brachii, it has a profound effect on your posture and relieves a lot of the tension you feel in your neck and shoulders.


Because, although the muscles in your back and shoulders are big and strong, and those in your chest aren’t,  the way your chest and arm muscles connect to your skeleton gives them much more leverage. So if they are tight, you will hunch, and the muscles in your shoulders will eventually spasm with the effort of trying to pull your shoulderblades into a more neutral position.

Two of my fave stretches:

Wall clock:

  • No arching in lower back, keep base of ribcage lined up with top of pelvis
  • No pinching on back of shoulder socket
  • Torso ideally at 90 degrees to wall.

Standing cobra:

  • Roll shoulders open
  • Keep elbows bent to isolate stretch into front of chest
  • No overarching in lower back. (see second image for what not to do)

Ahhhhh. And breathe, of course.