Yoga Challenge Day 4: Seated Archer

Here is a chest opener that helps to combat rounding of the shoulders for a sunken posture. Archer brings the chest up and out and makes space in between our shoulder blades, removing tension from the shoulders and back of the body.

Archer reminds us that yoga is different from almost anything else we do in life. Yoga isn't about achieving ("Look, I clasped my hands!") or failing ("I can barely bring my arms around to my back."). Yoga is about accepting where we are today, this day, in this moment, and celebrating what we CAN do instead of what we can't. As soon as we compare ourselves to our neighbors, or the instructor, or what we used to be able to do, we lose. As soon as we learn to rejoice in what is possible, and accept the limitations or gifts our body has to offer us, we win.

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Comment by Deborah Freeman on April 22, 2010 at 4:52pm
yeah, really reminds me I need to do this more often!....cuz one side is so much tighter...these get me on the mat
Comment by Aracely Cueva on April 17, 2010 at 5:12pm
By far one of my favorite poses, eventhough one side of my body is tighter than the other, and I have heard it's normal. This pose has been tremendously helpful is breaking up scar tissue in my chest area from all of the breast reconstructive surgeries. Very powerful pose.
Comment by C. Love on April 17, 2010 at 9:56am
Using a strap would help access this pose for someone with mobility limitations.
Comment by Elizaabeth McKinley on April 16, 2010 at 10:20am
This seems to always be hard for me. The voice telling me not to judge how much or little I can do is helpful, as I have to really work at this to accept this limitation!
Comment by Janice Rohwedder on April 16, 2010 at 6:11am
What a great way to start the morning. These videos are so very helpful. Thank-you.
Comment by Sarah B on April 16, 2010 at 4:42am
Do this in my classes everyday. Great for shoulders.
Comment by Kalina "Kitten" McCreery on April 15, 2010 at 11:08pm
I will be so glad when I have the resources to actually take a class with people who can put hands on and help me make adjustment. With this pose there was something off about my wrists but I couldn't seem to adjust for it. The videos are a wonderful help though in talking me through my breathing and keeping focus.
Thank you!!
Comment by Trish Martin on April 15, 2010 at 8:25pm
Did this in my class today and in addition to being good stretch it gave us the "opening" to talk about how different the two sides of our body are. I am love love lovin' watching these videos and reading everyone's comments.
Comment by mara cary on April 15, 2010 at 7:41pm
I used a sock to reach my hands but it was not easy. I know it stretched a good bit. Thanks, thisis fun.
Comment by Deborah Sica on April 15, 2010 at 6:14pm
This is a tough one for me due to some residual neuropathy from chemo.....but it's felt good to go as far as I could.

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