Bow Pose: Open the Shoulders

Intermediate II

This is Rachel's third class in a 4-part series that leads you to bow pose (dhanurasana). Building on what you learned in Bow Pose: Core Strength and Bow Pose: Hip Flexor Release, this class focuses on releasing the shoulder joints, upper back and spine so you can find it easier to reach back to hold your feet, and move into the pose with stability and ease. This class progresses toward the peak pose of locust pose (salabhasana) and will prepare you for the final class in this series: Bow Pose: Ready for the Peak!



Existing Comments

March 17, 2021

This class works wonders for my neck, shoulders, arms and wrists. Thank you, Rachel! I would love to see more classes that allows me to not put weight on my wrists/hands.

July 31, 2020

Great class, Rachel! Such clear, concise instruction! Felt great on my upper back and shoulders! Love that you mix things up so it's not just the same poses over and over!

January 27, 2020

This class is fantastic. I come back to it every once in a while and remember how much I enjoy it. I feel open and proud and ready for my day. Thank you Rachel for your straight forward, precise and caring teaching style.

June 15, 2019

I always enjoy Rachel's classes. They are more than a yoga class . . . she interweaves instructions and tips that are clear and helpful to any practitioner. I feel better aligned and stronger because of her teaching style.

October 9, 2018

You're a beautiful instructor. Thank you for a very opening class.

September 28, 2018

One of the things I love about your teaching is how you introduce new concepts into routine poses. In this case, I learned how to open my shoulders more during lunging poses and warrior 2. I carry these ideas through to my other classes, enriching my yoga practice. You explain moves in a precise way that make your classes easy to follow. I am continuing with my day feeling more open, strong and stretched. Thank you!

Rachel Scott
September 28, 2018

Hi Deborah! Yay! That's great to hear!! And you are so welcome.
I'm such a geek about the asana and I love sharing these bits and pieces... I'm happy to hear that it's helping to support your practice, too :)

September 21, 2018

I and my roommate practice this video together and we both love it. Love the feeling of the body being opened. Thank you for. being specific about each movement. Hope to see more of your class

Becky in TX
August 27, 2018

This class is a wonderful way to start the week. I'll be facing Monday with my a head tall and a smile on my face.
Thank you

June 30, 2018

I love Rachel's precise cues - I rarely have to look at the screen during her classes. This was a wonderful opening and release for my chronically tight shoulders, and a nicely grounding practice overall. Just the right length for me today when I didn't feel energized enough for a longer class, yet definitely needed to do some stretching and letting go. Thank you!

May 25, 2018

I feel taller and lighter after this beautiful practice. Thank you, Rachel! Namaste.

February 27, 2018

my shoulders thank you so much for a wonderfully sequenced class. i reach forward for hours 5 days a week as an LMT. (also THANK YOU for not talking during savasana, lol!)

February 16, 2018

This class really opened up my shoulders. Lately I've had hand and elbow pain due to a pinched nerve in my neck. After physical therapy, yoga has sustained my pain-free state. This class feels good. Thank you.

February 10, 2018

This class was like an elixir of life for my always tight shoulders. Absolutely super.

February 10, 2018

Really wonderful sequence. I struggle with tight shoulders and just did the class and the release it great. I will be revisiting this class often. Thank you Rachel!

February 7, 2018

Nice chilled out class that stretches out sore muscles and doesn't tax your joints too much.

January 30, 2018

Rachel, you are a fantastic yoga instructor. I've been doing yoga for years, but in the past few years I've been dealing with stage 4 cancer. As a result of what's happening to my body, and also because of treatments, I've had to slow things way down. Your yoga classes have helped me recover some of my former strength and flexibility, and has provided me with enough of a challenge to regain health after each treatment. Thank you so much. You don't know how much you've helped me in my journey.

Shira Salingre
January 17, 2018

Thank you Rachel, your guidance is great. I especially enjoyed this one. I am working on my laptop most day so in this exercise I really got to know some muscles in my body I wasn't aware of. It's a great feeling, and doing this first thing in the morning have set me right for the day. Namaste

December 21, 2017

Rachel, a beautiful class. Your instruction is so good. It's amazing how all u guys manage it :) I really found my breath today in class, first time ever. Thank you so much

Melanie Lichtinger
December 4, 2017

Yay to drunken Cobra, lol. And to the nice shoulder stretches for us deskies and cyclists.
Thanks Rachel!

November 30, 2017

Really enjoyed this class, Rachel! I appreciate your precision, clear instruction and sense of fun. Would love to see more shorter classes by you. Many thanks!

November 11, 2017

Currently one of my fave videos as it has so much in it

October 31, 2017

Who wouldn't love drunken cobra? Thanks for the beautiful class; I truly enjoyed this.

October 30, 2017

I always carry tension in my shoulders, no more. Excellent class, clear and concise instruction. Thank you Rachel.

October 29, 2017

how do we access the first three classes in this series? Thank you.

David Procyshyn
October 29, 2017

This is the third class, so there are two before this one and one after. They are all currently up, so you can see them all on the yoga classes page. We will be building the Peak Pose Challenge soon, so you will see it there shortly, with all of the classes in their proper order.

October 24, 2017

Thanks Rachel as always! I might come back at the end of a long day at desk for these awesome chest openers. Namaste.