It is such a common postural pattern nowadays for people to shorten the front of their body by bringing their shoulders or head forward. This can lead to neck pain, head aches and even back pain as well as reduce the quality of your breathing. Here are some simple exercises with minimal equipment that will help ease your body back to a more neutral state.
This is one of my own personal favorites, not easy to get into and out of but you really feel it working to increase the range of motion you have in the upper back (extension) and shoulders (flexion). Great for helping you finding comfort in yoga postures that require those sorts of openings such as Kapotasana, Urdhva Dhanurasana (Upward Facing Wheel) and Pincha Mayurasana (forearm balance).
There are some key movements that are the building blocks of many of the postures in Yoga. Respected Ashtanga teacher John Scott calls these the foundations and fundamental openings and refers to them in his Baby Sequence. In this workshop we pull out a couple of those key movements and show you how to work with them as homework.