Looking to improve your shoulder mobility? First, you need to discover where your tightness is, and for many, it’s the lats. Explore the subtle movement of somatics in this yoga stretch for lats and shoulders.
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Somatic Yoga Stretch for lats
We’ll begin this somatic yoga stretch for lats in a moving scan. Begin on your back with a little arch & flatten. Then begin reaching an alternating arm up and back. Notice the movement and how it’s different from the right to left. Then hold the left arm back and continue the arch and flatten. Does the arm change it’s relationship to the floor?
After a few repetitions pause, and bend the elbow so the forearm rests towards the crown of the head. Let the feet widen and take a slow windshield wiper of the knees from side to side. Which side feels tighter? Again notice the arm, the shoulder, and the lats on the left side.
Come into the center and notice your side body. Do you feel like a banana? I know I did! So repeat on the other side and see if you feel a little more even afterward. Remember to note any differences in where you feel the tightness, and stretch.
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- Do you have limited shoulder mobility?
- Are tight lats a problem for you?
- What differences did you notice right to left?