Confront the dark parts of yourself, and work to banish them with illumination and forgiveness. Your willingness to wrestle with your demons will cause your angels to sing. Use the pain as fuel, as a reminder of your strength.

~ August Wilson
 
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Shoulder Rotation

Stand with your hands by your sides and feet shoulder-width apart. Lift your arms straight out to the side and then up so that they are pointing straight up above your head, parallel to each other.

Keeping your elbows straight, move your right arm down and forward while moving the left down and backward to create an imaginary circle, ending at the hips.

Repeat, bringing your arms straight out to your sides, up above your head and then move your left arm down and forward and your right down and backward.

Repeat this exercise 10 times, alternating the direction of your arms each time.

Benefits

  • Stretches the shoulders
  • Clears the lung meridian and opens the lungs
  • Relieves tension in the neck and shoulders

* People with shoulder injuries should not practice this pose.

Finding Time

If you are busy all day and feel like there is no time to exercise, learn to spread it out throughout your day. When you find 5-10 minutes, do a couple stretches and then later in the day when you find another few minutes, practice a few more. Feasibly, you can do an entire workout just by devoting small periods of time you find throughout your day, no matter how busy you are. Find creative ways to put fitness into your daily schedule.



 


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