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Summer Series! Ep 3: Understanding Your Super-Awesome (& Complex) Shoulders

Did you know that your shoulder complex has four joints on each side? This dynamic engineering allows us to do all of the things we do with our arms and hands. But it can leave the shoulder joints vulnerable if we don’t balance them with strength. In vinyasa yoga we ask the shoulders to do a lot early on in the practice (because Chaturanga). So, on this episode Jason talks ideas for offsetting this, the best ways to create balanced shoulder strength, plus proper alignment while lifting your arms overhead.

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RELATED AND RECOMMENDED LINKS
I’m Not One of Those Gals Afraid to Tell Her Real Age
Essential Sequence: Neck, Shoulders, and Upper Back
The Expert’s Guide to Chaturanga
Episode 23 with Jason: Fun with Shoulder Anatomy!

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Episode 23: Q & A with Jason – Fun with Shoulder Anatomy!

Hi everyone!

On this episode Jason answers three of our listener questions and it just so happens that they all focus on some aspect of shoulder anatomy. We also talk about cats a lot. Here are the questions:

* Why do we flex the ankle in poses like Reclined Pigeon?
* Is “pull the shoulder blades down” a “bad” alignment cue?
* In Plank Pose, do you push strongly through the arms and upper back? Or soften the shoulders?

We recognize that it can be difficult to listen to a conversation about anatomy without visuals. To help you out, I put links to some of the shoulder-oriented posts and sequences we have on the blog.

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RECOMMENDED & RELATED LINKS
Essential Sequence: Neck, Shoulders, and Upper Back
The Expert’s Guide to Chaturanga:
Part I, A Shoulder Surgeon’s Guide to Keeping Your Shoulders Safe
Part II, 5 Poses to Make Your Chaturanga Strong and Steady
Part III, Best and Worst Modifications and Alternatives
Part IV, Best Tips for Transitioning Into Chaturanga
Part V, Why Chaturanga is Tough to Teach & What to Do About It
A Shoulder Opening Sequence to Forearm Balance
The Perfect Shoulderstand Prep

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Poddington Bear — 60s Quiz Show

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