Anatomy for Yoga Teachers – The Shoulder Girdle: Function & Issues

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Lesson Overview

In this lesson, we explore the function of the shoulder girdle and potential issues that can arise.


Gain an understanding of how the shoulders function and potential issues and injuries related to the shoulder girdle.


Explain the function of the shoulder girdle. Describe four movements of the scapulae plus six arm movements made possible by the shoulder girdle’s mobility, and provide examples of each. Name some potential shoulder injuries. Explain two factors that are often considered keys to understanding potential issues and how to keep the shoulder joint safe. Describe common lifestyle factors that may cause issues with the shoulder girdle. Explain the condition of a forward head and slumped shoulders from an anatomy prspective. Describe the serratus anterior muscles and their function. Explain why serratus muscles are often tight and weak. Provide practices for healthy shoulders.

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