We are trying each practice for a few days to get a chance to get familiar with it. As you become more familiar with each practice you increase your ability to refine it. With expanded breathing, can you try to feel that your whole torso expands evenly and easily? Can your breathing be an effective tool to erase tension from the usual areas where it accumulates?
In case you’d like to release tension from your shoulders before meditating, you may try:
Guided meditation below, when the recording comes to an end, take as long as you wish to enjoy the silence and to savor the effects of the practice.