Nick Ortego here and today I’m going to show you how to activate the serratus anterior muscle while you’re in down dog yoga position, so the serratus anterior muscle, these little finger-like muscles. You can see them from the front side here, but they basically attach on the ribcage and they also attach to the inside border, the medial border of the shoulder blade, the scapula. So they’re kind of like under. They lie underneath the shoulder blade and wrap around the back of the rib cage, and they’re big time shoulder stabilizers. By anchoring the shoulder blade to the rib cage, which is huge for all of your movement patterns that involve the upper extremities, the arm, the shoulders. A lot of times in down dog you get some substitution patterns where the upper traps are getting tight. The rhomboids between the shoulder blades are getting tight and carrying excess tension because the shoulder blades aren’t anchored to the rib cage. So there’s a way to do the downward facing dog that activates those and the way that you do it is as always you make sure your hands are facing forward, middle fingers point directly forward.Hands are about shoulders distance apart, they can be a little bit wider. I like to take them a little bit wider and then as you’re grounding into your arms elbows are straight you create force where you’re rotating the elbow creases forward, The elbows don’t flare out to the side like this for down dog. Rotate them forward as you push, you keep that rotation going so it’s kind of like with your arm you’re thinking about rotating movement.But your hands are planted so you’re not gonna be pushing your hand forward you’re gonna be pushing your hips back. From the side it looks kind of like this. Hands are planted, rotate. See once I do that I’m already getting a little bit of activation there. Tuck the toes lift the hips up, and this is key: let the back of your neck relax. So that you’re not gonna be activating the upper traps muscles back here and what you’ll see is this is the down dog position, but if I really engage the rotation and then at the same time push my hips up and back, as if I’m pushing the ground forward. Back of the neck is relaxed. You can see this is where I’m just kind of like letting the elbows flare out, not engaging the shoulder rotation. Plant the hands straighten the elbows at the back of the neck relax and then and again. I try to hold that throughout the five breaths or however long I’m in the downward facing dog position.You can kind of see those muscles activate, big-time shape shoulder stabilizers. Give that a try. If you’ve got any benefit from this video leave a comment below if you’d like to get any content not available on the blog or the regular YouTube channel then click the link that’s connected to this video you’ll have a chance to sign up for the run better now VIP club. Thank you. .