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Eight-point Shoulder Opener

Angle-Based Images: Eight-point Shoulder Opener Video
Angle-Based Images: Eight-point Shoulder Opener Video
Angle-Based Images: Eight-point Shoulder Opener Video
Angle-Based Images: Eight-point Shoulder Opener Video
Angle-Based Images: Eight-point Shoulder Opener Video
Eight-point Shoulder Opener: Step 1
Step 1 Begin lying facedown on your belly.
Eight-point Shoulder Opener: Step 2
Step 2 Reach your left arm out at a 90-degree angle from the body with your palm facing up.
Eight-point Shoulder Opener: Step 3
Step 3 Press your right hand under your right shoulder and bend your right knee.
Eight-point Shoulder Opener: Step 4
Step 4 Reach your right toes behind your left knee on the ground as you rotate your body.
Eight-point Shoulder Opener: Step 5
Step 5 Reach right arm toward the ceiling, flex your palm, and allow your hand to fall toward the ground with gravity. Breathe here.
Eight-point Shoulder Opener: Step 6
Step 6 If there is enough space, allow your right hand to meet the left in a clasp and breathe there for as at least three deep breaths, and then come out of the pose as slowly and mindfully as you came in.
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Progressions & Variations

Beginner Tips

You can place a block underneath your head if this is uncomfortable on your neck. Be sure to move very slowly in and out of this pose.

Tips

Not recommended for anyone with shoulder or rotator cuff ailments.

Benefits

Opens the shoulders and chest, as well as the upper back and spine. Is thought to improve digestion and circulation. Allows for deeper breathing.

Modifications

To deepen the pose, place both feet on the ground with bent knees, and twist your knees away from your body, towards your hands.

Related Exercises

  • Flexibility Exercises
  • Shoulders Exercises
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