Because a lot of us have jobs involving sitting down for long periods of time, or perhaps even enjoy that luxury too much in our spare time, many people suffer from having tight upper back and shoulder muscles, which can become tense, uncomfortable, and sometimes even painful.

There are plenty of yoga poses that can help increase flexibility in these areas, and can be done safely and comfortably from your own home. Just a heads up though – although it’s a cliche, please do listen to your body. If getting into any of these poses causes discomfort or pain, don’t try to force your way into the pose. Careful practice over a period of time will definitely give you pleasing results, and avoid any painful injuries!