Show Your Shoulders Lots of Love at Motto

The shoulder is made up of three bones-- clavicle (collarbone), scapula (shoulder-blade), and upper arm bone (humerus), along with numerous muscles, ligaments, and tendons.

The shoulder helps with a wide range of motions like lifting, pushing, and pulling. While a healthy shoulder joint allows for the greatest mobility of all the joints in the body, moving through a full 360° in the sagittal plane, the shoulder is also extremely unstable and is the joint most frequently dislocated. It is estimated that 20% of the population experience shoulder problems at some point, according to board-certified orthopedic surgeon Dr. M. Kowalsky, from And the number of us experiencing shoulder problems only increases as we age.

Fortify the muscles, ligaments, and tendons surrounding your shoulder with yoga! The set-sequence in our signature class, the Journey: 60, takes your shoulder through the full range of motions including flexion and extension; abduction and adduction; and outward and inward rotation.

Just look at what the first three poses in the Journey: 60 sequence do to strengthen and stretch your shoulders:

Arms reach in front of your head, hands in lines with your shoulders, nice stretch in the shoulder and the spine.

Flexion of shoulder joint, external rotation.

Scapular depression.

Yoga poses are great for increasing strength, flexibility, and balance. In your practice, emphasis should always be on awareness, not the pose. Remember YOU are your best teacher. You will spend years working on your poses, and proper alignment is important so you get the benefit from the pose and avoid injury.

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