Beginners' Yoga for Shoulder Strength

Beginner II

This is a great beginner strength and stretch sequence for the shoulders. Melissa guides you through proper alignment while strengthening the arms and shoulders in a wide range of movements. Filmed on the beach on a warm, overcast day, this class is sure to keep you focused.

Note: you may want a strap for this class.

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OneFitSLP
December 5, 2020
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Perfect combination of a gentle and strength-building practice. I really enjoyed it and will be adding this to my routine. Thank you, Melissa.

debkiger
June 9, 2020
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Comment not for publishing! I think you may have accidentally tagged this as Intermediate 1 when it probably is meant to be Beginner 1. Both title and content/nature of this class are extremely accessible to beginners.

TrishG
May 25, 2020
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Thanks Melissa, it was excellent. My shoulders are pretty weak so I often struggle with classes for upper body strength but your modifications made it perfect :) Thanks.

sng4ever
May 12, 2020
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Nice shoulder and back opener for after a tough, weight workout.
Ending is a bit odd - corpse pose to namaste but overall , nice practice.
I love Melissa!

NatalieNZ
May 7, 2020
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Beautiful practice as always, Melissa.
I woke up this morning with a pain in the front of my shoulder, probably the way I slept, so this was good and gentle, and your repeated reminders were excellent for me. It‘s what yoga has always been about for me. It‘s neither a competition down here on the mat, nor shame or blame for the way I look or feel. Namaste!

Piecat
February 23, 2020
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Hi there, this video has crashed Chrome repeatedly. I wonder if there is a bug in the code?
The practice offered is fine as always.
Thank you.

karinajean
July 3, 2018
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I'm having some shoulder and arm issues while on a long motorcycletrio and this practice was great to keep my shoulders moving before getting back on the bike.

hannahrose084
November 1, 2016
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super easy, & my shoulders feel so relaxed & great, I cay most of my tension in my shoulders & always need a practice focus on them just to relieve everything. thanks!

DanielleWinne
December 26, 2015
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I have minimal shoulder strength and appreciate the multiple modifications presented in this flow. I didn't feel like there was anything wrong with me even though I couldn't do a bent knee push-up - you had a modification for that! Thank you so much. Now I can get stronger instead of injuring myself!

adribaby04
October 6, 2015
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Great for shoulder strength, included poses I had yet to use after months of yoga, awesome job!

barbkoch
September 4, 2015
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Good for building strength and flexibility. I'll keep doing this one.

Cassimarie
July 7, 2015
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Enjoyed this practice, challenging but not too hard for beginners.

I enjoy Melissa's calming voice and her explanation of each pose is perfect for me! I really need to work on my upper body strength, so this video may become routine!

KhelLovesYoga
May 26, 2015
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A great class for me. Had a broken wrist a year and half ago and have still problems with it. I think i will work a couple of weeks with this class to get back in form. Thank you.

Barbara Bekhuis
May 21, 2015
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Great for beginners, but also in you are not feeling well and need be be calm down. Thanks

maha
July 6, 2014
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Great beginner video! Very calming but also great at building strength... for beginners.

Noteworthy for those who may not give themselves enough credit (ahem, me!)... this video will not be very challenging for those with some shoulder strength already. This video is for beginners! (I used these positions when I was aiming to build shoulder strength earlier). Not enough 'reps'. But a quick, short video nonetheless that does absolutely no harm! Enjoyed every moment of it :)

In agreement with another comment on the site, online yoga videos do not do enough justice. Some of the best teachers I have come across!

November
June 17, 2014
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Doing this class as a part of the Absolute Beginners Program and it was great. I love how clear Melissa's instructions are, and how she encourages you to only go at your own pace and ability. Not enough stress on that in online yoga clases, in my opinion, and Melissa nailed it.

I would add to the tag info that you may want a STRAP for this class.

Shogun
April 22, 2014
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Another great class from Melissa. Please give us more classes :)

AaronMcDer
December 22, 2013
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I really enjoyed this class, I'm not a beginner but it was still really enjoyable.

n_s_s
December 27, 2013
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I love your voice, it helps keep me focused without being intrusive. Mildly challenging, which is great for my beginner status. Mild enough to not make me want to give up, challenging enough that my mind doesn't drift. Thanks!

treepose
March 10, 2014
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This workout done in the most advanced way is a lovely workout for the shoulders. Pushups etc. I love 20-30 minute workouts when I'm in a rush. I especially like Melissa's voice and instruction!

ms_berglund
September 30, 2013
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Good teacher also with calm voice, easy to follow. Will do again! Thank you!

Michelle Enzenroth
August 19, 2013
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It was a nice beginner class, with just enough challenge to start strengthening my upper body.

Karolina
July 21, 2013
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Her voice is so calming and the instructions were esy to follow. I'm also thrilled that I have found a shoulder program that's not to hard. Finally! this will definitely be a part of my routine.

dakinigrrl
March 11, 2013
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A quick way to start the day off strong! Thanks, Melissa!

Sarah NN3
March 1, 2013
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Another great video from Melissa. Her grace and gentle guidance are such a pleasure! I always end her videos feeling relaxed and centered. Thank you!

manjon
January 16, 2013
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Really like this one and like all of your classes. You have a great voice and I can easily visualize what my body is doing relative to your descriptions.

Eyre
November 29, 2012
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Loved this class!

I'm just getting back into yoga after a 6 month break and really need to build some upper-body strength before attempting higher level asanas. This routine feels perfect, thank you!

amylia6
October 8, 2012
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I loved it! Easy for me to follow along as a beginner. I feel great.:)

ngrace
August 12, 2012
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Thanks so much Melissa for your great gentle nurturing classes. I have been doing all of them regularly now and love your style.
Best, Nina

peacewithinme
March 29, 2012
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I found this video to be perfect for me. I have bulky muscle that needs to be trained to do the nice long stretches/ poses. I have strength, but not trained for holding poses... yet. :) You made it very easy for me to transition into each new step while I'm learning the names of the poses and how to get into them. I have used commercial videos, but could never find one that worked for me and my style.

Thank you for posting the video online! I'm on a small island with limited yoga classes (only on sundays at night). It is very gracious of you.