Some of the poses in this chapter are excerpts of full Yoga kundalini classical poses that offer specific benefit to the strength, coordination, and range of motion of Yoga kundalini the shoulders. The pure and simple nature of the movements, however, in no way substitutes for understanding the joint, which is crucial for getting the most out of our suggestions, as well as your shoulders.
So let us start with a brief introduction to the anatomy of the shoulder. The system of muscles, tendons, ligaments, and bones that make up the shoulder joint is unique. Although most bones connect to specific places usually the ends of other bones the scapulae, or shoulder blades, are different. They hang loosely and slide over a large region of the backs of the ribs.
They are capable of rising, lowering, moving to the midline and considerably out toward the sides, and tilting in all three dimensions. The scapulae are not held in place by inelastic ligaments, as are the knees, hips, ankles, elbows, and vertebrae.