I used to be a full-time yoga teacher and had occasional stiffness or soreness here and there. But it was when I transitioned from teaching yoga to running a full-time business that I completely lost my range of motion. Suddenly, it seemed like I could barely touch my toes or lift my arms over my head without experiencing extreme pain.
On top of the spiritual, meditative, and happiness-boosting benefits yoga provides, one of the main reasons people return to the mat time and time again is to relieve the aches and pains caused by everyday life.
So if you've been dealing with back and shoulder stiffness recently, you're not alone—and you don't even need to take an hourlong class to reap the pain-relieving benefits of yoga. Here are three poses that will relieve upper back and shoulder stiffness. Practice them regularly and you will feel a world of difference!