Serratus Anterior Action

Stabilizes, retracts (adducts) and rotates scapula downward.

Assists in opening chest.

Contracting the rhomboids opens the chest in marichyasana I and virabhadrasana II.

Serratus Anterior Muscle Action

Contracted & Stretched

The rhomboids contract in utthita trikonasana, opposing the action of the serratus anterior (which also contracts). This action stabilizes the scapula and turns the chest.

Serratus Anterior ActionSerratus Anterior

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The Chakra Checklist

The Chakra Checklist

The chakras are described as being aligned in an ascending column from the base of the back to the top of the head. New Age practices frequently associate each chakra with a particular color.

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