Shoulder mobility question

I have limited mobility in my shoulders and have trouble with poses that have you lifting your arms straight up and moving them back (for example, crescent lunge). Having my fingers interlinked with palms inside out is even harder.
Is it more important to keep my arms straight in these poses, in which case my arms will be 6” in front of my body, or to try to move my arms behind my ears, which I can only do if my arms are either bent or angled quite far out from my body?

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Hi Tina,

This is a great question! Shoulder mobility is something that comes with time and practice. The best thing you can do, is to do what you can. Take yourself to the edge of mobility and touch any discomfort as lightly as you can with your breath. Don;t think about pushing farther, but rather waiting on the edge and softening around it. Using a strap between your hands in crecent and pulling the hands outward will also help with mobility and stability. Keep working on it and watch those millimeter miracles take place month by month.


I have same issue, even down dog is hard since I can’t straighten my arm. Yoga has been pretty impossible over the last year but I’m trying to do a limited, VERY modified, practice.
Thx for the question

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