Hollowback poses are so much fun. (Photo is not me!)
It took me a really long time to strengthen my shoulders. I never used my shoulder girdle properly when I first started practicing. It took me even longer to begin opening up my shoulders. My shoulder heads were pushed so far forward that clasping my hands behind my back was really difficult for me. Always felt like trying to carve through rock- 26 years of bad habits and forward-leaning embedded into that sensitive and tricky joint.
I made it a habit to walk around with my hands clasped behind my back, shoulder heads rolled back and down, away from my ears, frontal ribs in, back ribs extended. I noticed a difference in the way I could bind poses but I didn’t think hollowback inversions would be accessible to me for a while..
Imagine my pleasant surprise today, when learning that my shoulders were not only strong enough, but also flexible enough to bring my head through the gates of my biceps and pop my ass against the wall in a nice, concave thoracic hollowback. ^.^