If your shoulders are too tight to allow you to do the stretch while seated on the chair, try using a yoga block, pillows or other support between yourself and the chair seat. This will lift your hips to make the stretch possible. As you practice the stretch.. you will get more limber in your shoulders.. and over time you will be able to remove the props. This will also allow you to see and feel your progress!
2) SHOULDER STRETCH AGAINST THE WALL
Here are two ways to use a wall to open the shoulder area
a) HAND AND FOREARM FLAT
Position your right forearm flat on the wall.
2 b) HAND ON WALL, ARM EXTENDED
For this 2nd part of the stretch, step completely forward so the arm is fully extended. The hand stays flat and will slide down the wall a bit. Repeat the INHALE relax... EXHALE stretch... reps as above.
3) ARM STRETCH ACROSS CHEST
A good counter stretch to follow the sequence above.
Extended your left arm straight, then cross it in front of you across your chest.
Scoop your right arm up under the left, hooking your right elbow under the left elbow.
Keep both arms at or near shoulder height.
On your EXHALE.. Use your right arm to gently stretch your left arm and shoulder to the right.
INHALE to relax this stretch.
Start with 3-5 reps.
Repeat sequence with right arm across chest and left arm underneath.
REST AND RESTORE -- IT'S PART OF YOUR PRACTICE!
Restorative positions like this are an important part of your yoga practice.
Artists and other self-employed folks get plenty of practice being STRESSED. You need to undo all that tension with some relaxation.
Take care of your body.. so you can continue to do the work you care about.
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Be well! Be strong for yourself and others who need you (and your art :)