You stretch and open the shoulders, chest, arms, upper back, and neck in this yoga pose. It releases the tension that is commonly held in the upper back and between the shoulder blades.

Thread The Needle Pose is one of the best ways to wake up your body and mind. It also provides a mild twist to the spine, which further reduces tension.  This twist allows you to rest on the floor while you do it.

Step 1: Start on your hands and knees.  Flat your toes on the mat.

Step 2: Lift your right hand and thread it under your left to bring your right shoulder onto the center of the mat.

Step 3: Face your right palm up.  Press all parts of your right arm and shoulder into the mat.

Step 4: Keep both knees pressing evenly into the mat.  Try to keep your left hip from rising higher than your right.

Step 5: Hold for a few breaths.

Step 6: Repeat on the other side