In the yoga world I hear these words a lot, “draw your shoulders down and back.” The cue is meant to help align people’s shoulders but what I have seen in bodies is that it causes people to excessively pull their shoulder blades back and also causes them to push their ribs forward.
If you have always tried to align your shoulder by drawing the down and back but yet you still have chronic neck and shoulder tension, that means something is unbalanced. Likely this imbalance is due to the shoulder being in the incorrect position.
Listen to the video below to find out more about how to think through aligning your shoulders.
The following DVD by Nutritious Movement was such a helpful resource to me when I was trying to understand how to effectively align my shoulders —From the Shoulders Up.