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April 19, 2021

Healthy Shoulders in Yoga: Chaturanga Tips + Prep

Keep your shoulders healthy and strong!

What is Chaturanga (and why is it so hard!)?

Chaturanga is sometimes known as the yoga push-up. Or for some people, as the ‘shoulder shredder.’ No matter what you call it, it’s a movement that can look relatively straightforward but is actually quite complex.

In the video below, we break down the component parts of Chaturanga pose, which will serve both as assessments and exercises. When you understand the component parts, you can happily do them forever and never do another Chaturanga again if that feels better in your shoulders!

Or you can work on these movements to build the needed strength and mobility around the shoulder complex to make your Chaturanga more sustainable for years to come.

The Importance of Movement ABCs

No matter what pose we do, it's helpful to break down movements into what we like to call here at Heart + Bones Yoga, “Movement ABCs.” These are the building blocks of healthy movement, or in other words, the smaller movements that make up more complex movements.

Once we understand the Movement ABCs, you can be more confident and intentional in how you move and, as a yoga teacher, be able to offer accessible options to your classes.

Watch the video to learn about healthy shoulder movements pattern for shoulder strength, stability and mobility. 

Are you a yoga teacher who would like to learn how to teach like this so that you can confidently support everyone who comes to your classes?

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Brea Johnson
Brea Johnson

Brea Johnson has been teaching yoga and movement since 2003 and is the founder and lead teacher of Heart + Bones Yoga. With a focus on a functional and sustainable approach to yoga, Brea is known for providing a safe foundation of healthy movement while remaining focused on the heart of the yogic teachings.