This relaxing shoulder opener is a gentle, passive way to stretch out tight shoulders, and is great to do at the end of the day.

To do the criss cross shoulder opener pose, lay face down on a supportive surface, such as a yoga mat. Cross your arms under your chin, so that you can rest your head on them. Try to stack your elbows on top of each other…as best you can! It may take awhile for your shoulders to become flexible enough to do it.

Try to relax fully into the pose, using the weight of your body to gently pull your shoulder blades apart. Breathe deeply and try to hold the pose for 30 seconds, then switch so the opposite arm is on top. Shoulder Openers: Criss Cross Arms