Have you ever heard a yoga teacher cue "relax your shoulders" in Downward Dog? It's a cue that's never made a lot of sense to me...how can your shoulders be relaxed when your arms are raised over your head and you're pressing your weight into your hands? 🤔Your shoulders are anything but relaxed. I think what's meant by this is to draw the shoulders away from your ears, as a lot of people when they learn this pose kind of collapse into the shoulders. It's good to encourage awareness of the shoulders, but if you want your shoulders to deliberately do anything, you have to make them work. And the best way to get any joint to move how you want it, is to move it in different ways, regularly and get to know it. As @heartandbonesyoga
yoga said during her workshops this weekend, move in a variety of ways, more often. .
Next time you're in a downward dog, start the way you always do, and then maybe explore some movements with your shoulders. Can you squeeze the shoulder blades together (retract), can you widen them apart (protract), can you bring them up to your ears (elevate), can you draw them down your back (depress)....?? If you think downard dog is a resting pose, go and spend a minute in it moving your shoulders around and get back to me.
Our shoulders were made to move in lots of ways,and all of those ways are good. So explore it!
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