Cow Faced Pose
This pose helps to loosen tight shoulders and relieve tension in the upper body. It's especially helpful for desk-bound workers who tend to hunch over their keyboards:
Extend the right arm up and then bend the elbow (over your right shoulder) and place the hand between the shoulder blades, fingers pointing down.
Bend the left arm behind the back, resting the back of the hand on the buttocks -- or, if you can reach high enough, on your upper back.
Slide the left arm toward the right and clasp the hands or (if you can't clasp your hands) use a belt or rope to make the connection.
As you breath through the nose, open the armpits and expand the chest.
Repeat this process on the other side. Do each side twice and practice regularly.
and Shelley Choy
are certified Iyengar yoga teachers who co-direct the Manoa Yoga Center at Manoa Marketplace. See www.manoayoga.com
or call 382-3910. Manoa Yoga Center, the authors and the Star-Bulletin take no responsibility for any injury arising from the practice of these yoga postures. Readers should seek a doctor's approval before commencing.