YOGA CHALLENGE for Arms & Shoulders. Paschima Namaskar in Virasana. Shoulder strength & flexibility

Yoga for Strength and Flexibility in Arms/Shoulders/Upper Back. Paschima Namaskarasana (Hands in Reverse Prayer Position) in VIrasana. This Arm, Shoulder and Upper Back Yoga Challenge has our top 5 poses for improving shoulder strength and flexibility. Do all 5 poses separately to learn the poses and then do our Arm and Shoulder Challenge Collection; a silent practice where Lin does the classic versions of the poses and Leo shows the modified versions for those Yoga students who are still working towards the poses.

Our Yoga Pose Directory offers both Beginners Yoga and poses for more Intermediate yoga students.
Yoga with Lin and Leo for free yoga classes. See the Yoga for Beginners series for online yoga workouts specifically for Complete Beginners. Check out our 30 days of yoga series for a 30 day yoga challenge. Yoga practice can improve strength and flexibility and yoga for back pain relief and yoga for weight loss has been supported by many studies.

Paschima Namaskar in VIrasana is an arm action done in a kneeling pose. This is a good yoga pose for complete beginners although it does require a level of flexibility in the shoulders, arms and wrists, and as with all yoga poses, the action should not be forced. The arm action in this pose improves mobility in the whole of the shoulder region. However, even if you have stiff shoulders, in this yoga video, Lin and Leo show you how to achieve and improve shoulder flexibility by working sensitively and broadening the upper back. You may need a couple of foam pads.

We will be combining some of the yoga poses in the Pose directory, into yoga sequences, designed to open particular parts of the body.

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Yoga is not a sport but regular practice of yoga sequences can improve fitness levels. Practiced correctly, yoga will stretch muscles and strengthen joints, as well as helping with mental and physical wellbeing; indeed many studies have shown that yoga can have remarkable effects on problems with back pain, shoulder pain and neck pain as well as demonstrating positive effects on mental health problems such as depression, stress and general anxiety.

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A yoga practice may give you a physical workout, but more importantly, all our programmes are designed to harmonise mind, body and breath. Yoga is not just to increase your flexibility, strength and the general tone of your body; it has the capacity to free your mind, improve your wellbeing and increase your mental resilience. Begin here to create a foundation for a home yoga practice. These free online yoga classes can be practiced at home; although we would always suggest you find a qualified Iyengar Yoga teacher near to you so you can attend a class.

We will be posting videos for all levels but if you have never done yoga before or you want to re-visit some of the basics – then start with our Beginners series! Get out your mat and build the foundation of your own yoga practice with these short yoga videos to practice yoga at home. To do a different short practice each day, see our 30 Days of Yoga. For longer practice, look at our Beginners Yoga series. If you have a low back problem or need some yoga exercises for stiff shoulders or tight hamstrings, look at our 3 R’s series for Relief, Repair and Recovery. Check out our Yoga Challenges for different parts of the body and see our Yoga Collections for a led yoga practice when you have learnt the yoga poses. In the Yoga Collections, Lin shows the classic yoga pose, Leo shows a modified version using yoga props. (the collections are silent; no music, no voiceover – an opportunity to be quiet.) Enjoy!

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