Balance Your Upper Body
CYP Weekly Plan: Balance • 5m 58s
The most common upper body and postural imbalance is caused by… sitting! We sit all the time, and this affects us by shortening and tightening the chest, and overstretching and weakening the upper back, resulting in slouchy posture.
Use this Balance Your Upper Body video to understand how sitting affects your posture, and bring this region of your body into balance with focused front body stretching and back body activation.
Take your upper body balance practice further:
• Use the Self-Test: Where are your Shoulder Blades?, Full Body Core, and Reclined Upper Body Reset. Find all suggested videos right here in Balance Your Upper Body.
• Download your free A4Y Practice Plan to plan, track, and review each week.
• Share your practice using #athletesforyoga and #yourweeklya4ypractice — we love to cheer you on!
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Standing Balance Flow
Challenge your standing balance while activating and strengthening your core and the muscles that stabilize your ankles, knees, and hips — adding more stability and power to all your movement.
- Focus: balance
- Key muscles: quads, hips, core
- When: pre-workout or cross-training
Breathe to Balance
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