We hold so much tension in our shoulders. Sedentary work, lugging heavy bags, and constant engagement with our phones can form knots, resulting in neck and back pain. One way to counteract the daily damage we do to our bodies is by developing a yoga practice—but if you don't have time for a full class, or notice your shoulders bunching up by your ears during the day, this short and sweet salve, inspired by sequences popular at New York City's Sky Ting Yoga will loosen up your shoulder girdle in a jiffy.
As you go through these movements, engage your deep belly diaphragmatic breathing through your nose—holding your breath through the poses won't facilitate a proper release. If any of these poses are out of your range of motion, don't force it. Do what you can and know that over time, your range of motion will increase.