Embrace your inner yoga goddess with a move that not only tones your core, quads and glutes but also increases flexibility in your chest and shoulders. Mastering the Goddess Pose Shoulder Stretch pose does take time but eventually provides a deep stretch to your hamstrings, making it all worthwhile.
Loved for its gentle massaging and stretching effects, this Goddess Pose variation is an experienced yogi’s best friend (also known as the Wide-Legged Forward Fold). The Goddess Pose and Shoulder Stretch opens your hips and your chest while strengthening and toning your lower body.
When folding forward with your arms coming up over-head, be sure to release any possible tension of your neck by dropping your shoulders further away from your ears.
To properly lengthen your spine before your forward fold, imagine you are lifting your waist out of your hips, your ribs out of your waist, your chest out of your ribs and your head off of your chest.