Yoga for the Upper Back

David Procyshyn
Instructor David Procyshyn
Average: 4.9 (300 votes)
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This class is a deep release for the shoulders and upper back, making it perfect for a variety of people, including musicians, new parents, office workers and athletes. It targets all of the muscles connecting to the upper back and shoulders, providing relief from tightness, aches and pain... all in less than 40 minutes!

This can either be done as a stand-alone class or as Day 12 of Grounding and Strength 14-Day Beginner Yoga Challenge.

Yoga for the Upper Back Playlist (to be played with the class)

Click on playlist below and press play when the class begins.







Note: You will need a subscription for access to Apple Music, and for music to play ad-free on Spotify and YouTube Music. You will also need to adjust the volume to your preference.

Equipment: Strap
Style: Hatha Yoga, Yoga at Work, Yoga for Back Care


lisahuck 4 years ago

After a long intense day of doing translations on the computer, I had so much neck, shoulder, and upper back tension. I debated taking a hot bath or doing this and glad I chose this. I feel like a rag doll and will surely fall fast asleep. Thank you so much for a great class.

Olsondt 4 years ago

One problem that I encounter with a lot of yoga is difficulty maintaining positions that involve sitting on my heels. After about a minute, it really starts to burn, , and I have to sit up. Any suggestions?

David Procyshyn 4 years ago

Yes, there are two approaches. You can put something (a bolster, block, pillow, folded blanket) under your bum to take pressure off your knees and you can slip a rolled up hand towel under your ankles for some relief there.
Let me know how it goes!

sbmama 4 years ago

A very thorough class that really helped loosen the knots in my upper back. Way better expertise and quality than the other youtube videos I tried for the same area.

DeniseCS 4 years ago

David, thank you for another incredible class. I'm extremely grateful for all I am learning from you. Your voice is so calming and peaceful and this upper body stretch really hit areas I've never stretched before. Thank you so much.

florisland 4 years ago

I only echo what's been said before; thank you for this class. I feel so calm and relaxed. It's amazing the difference in mindset one feels before and after yoga. Thank you!

Janiemuffin 4 years ago

Love the way it targeted the upper back and shoulders so specifically. I am a swimmer and this really afforded great stretching and relief

DeLeonDrummer 4 years ago

Loved this one! My shoulders needed this so bad. Will be doing this one often I think. Love the pace and tempo of this class as well.

Brittaniem 4 years ago

Thanks for the yoga video David (and for creating this site). I am away travelling at the moment and was missing my local studio. This video was fantastic for helping to release tension surrounding my thoracic spine. Much appreciated. Have a wonderful day.