A 30-minute sequence for when you’re feeling stiff in the upper back. Great for when you’re feeling a bit immobile in the morning after waking up or after a day in front of the computer.
Then we come away from Tadasana and move into Half Utthanasana using a support. We take a block and take the elbows to the support and work in a couple of different variations: holding the block with fingers upwards and then moving it down to the upper thoracic.
We take a bolster and move to Baddha Konasana with the back to the wall to lift the spine and release the groin.
Simple cross-leg twist follows, using a block where needed. We move to a fully reclined position (supine Tadasana) using a belt to extend through the arms and release the shoulders. Staying on the floor, we move into Supta Padanghustasana 1, using the belt around the big toe and sliding the hands down the belt to extend through the side chest and open the back of the legs. Supta Padanghustasana 2 follows with the belt around the big toe and under the shoulder blade.
We finish with Savasana over two blocks to open the chest and restore energy.
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