Sexy, sculpted and very toned shoulders are always an all four-seasons in the summer! If you want to wear tiny straps, sundresses, and strapless gowns, then you have to be prepared.
What these clothes have in common? That’s right: perfectly strong, sculpted shoulders. With summer coming in full swing, it’s the perfect time to shift your focus on your shoulders with these 6 comfortable yoga poses to shape and tone your shoulders.
You should definitely flaunt your figure this summer. You will go to pool parties, barbecues, and to the beach. It looks like the sunny days of summer is coming quite strong! Thus, expose your upper back, shoulders, and arms in your beautiful sundresses by doing this routine.
These yoga poses are designed to sculpt exactly your shoulders while also improving your posture so you could stand tall like a prima ballerina. Check them out and get on it!
1. Wide-Legged Forward Fold with Shoulder Opener
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Start in standing forward fold;
Keep your feet just wider than hip-width apart;
Hold your left ankle with your right hand;
Cross left arm over right and take a hold of right ankle;
Start to bend the left elbow, poking head underneath left shoulder;
Lean back and hold this position for 5 deep breaths;
Repeat the pose on the right.
2. Reverse Warrior
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Begin in Downward Facing Dog;
Step your right foot forward, rising up into Warrior 1;
Open your hips, arms, and chest into Warrior 2;
Inhale to lower your left hand to your left thigh;
Raise your right arm overhead, arching toward the back end of your mat;
Hold this position for five breaths;
Return to the original position and repeat the pose on the other side.
3. Shoulder Opener
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Start by lying flat on your stomach;
Bring one arm straight out beside you in a T-shape with the palm placed on the floor;
Begin to roll your bodyweight towards the extended arm;
Gently press into your opposite palm;
Make sure there is a straight line from shoulder to wrist;
Hold this position for about a minute.
4. Triangle and Revolved Triangle Pose
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Stand straight on your feet;
While exhaling, place your feet 3½ to 4 feet apart;
Raise your arms parallel to the floor;
Turn your left foot in 45 to 60 degrees to the right;
Turn your right foot out to the right 90 degrees;
Align the right heel with the left heel and turn your right thigh outward;
While exhaling, turn your torso to the right;
Then turn your torso further to the right and lean forward over the front leg;
Reach your left hand down;
Hold this pose anywhere from 30 seconds to one minute;
Repeat the same switching the legs.
5. Dragonfly Pose
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Place your hands on the floor;
Your shoulder should be your hips width;
Start to shift your weight into your hands;
Lift your legs up so that the sole of your left foot is flat on the floor and the sole of your right foot is on top of your right upper arm;
Place the right foot as high up on the right arm as you can;
Slowly lean forward, shifting more weight into your hands;
Lift your hips and find a 45-degree angle with your arms;
Press your right foot down into your right tricep as you lift the left leg and extend it to the right;
Hold for 5 breaths, or as long as you can, before switching sides.
6. Firefly Pose
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Start by making a squat;
Tilt your pelvis forward and bring your trunk between your legs;
Keeping your trunk low, straighten your legs enough to lift your pelvis at the knee height;
Bring your left upper arm and shoulder as far as possible underneath the back of your left thigh just above the knee;
Lift yourself off the floor;
Carefully shift your center of gravity
Press your hands into the floor and slowly begin to rock your weight back;
Keep your inner thighs as high on your arms as possible;
While exhaling, stretch your legs out to the sides as straight as you can;
Make sure you keep your pelvis high to make your legs parallel to the floor;
Straighten your arms as much as possible;
Breathe slowly and hold the pose for 15 seconds.