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Neck and Shoulder Relief

Neck and Shoulder Relief

It’s all right to put the weight of the world on your shoulders sometimes, if you know how to take it off.” ~ James Patterson

Sometimes life feels heavy, right? Between all the responsibilities with finances, family, and friends, it’s tough to stay balanced inside and out. Add in “tech neck” from hours on the computer and phone and it’s no wonder we can feel like an albatross is perched on our shoulders. Pain and tightness in the neck and shoulders is a complaint for many of us. Yoga can help you find some freedom and relief.

One of the major physical causes of neck and shoulder tension comes from improper alignment and poor posture. As a result of slouching or sitting too much, our shoulders round forward and our necks stick out, like a turtle poking its head out of its shell. This type of misalignment can cause muscular pain and tension, headaches, distracted thoughts, and shallow breathing. Yoga focusing on creating mobility in the shoulders and stretching the neck will keep your muscles strong and supple and prevent injury.

Focusing on this upper part of the body has the invaluable benefit of correcting imbalances in your subtle body. The four higher Chakras, Anahata (Heart), Visshuda (Throat), Ajna (Third eye), and Sahasrara (Crown) are located here. The subtle body holds our emotions and thoughts––both the positive and the negative. When we are experiencing fear and anxiety, it’s often tied to Anahata. Anger is often stored in the shoulders and neck or in Visshuda. A direct correlation exists between creating space in the muscles and joints and releasing emotions.

Heart opening asanas (postures) like Urdvha Danurasana (Back Bend) or Setu Bandha Sarvangasana (Bridge Pose) help us deepen our compassion and love for others, in addition to opening the spine and stretching tight pectorals. Matsyasana (Fish Pose) and Halasana (Plow Pose) extend the throat and neck and balances Visshuda, which is associated with our ability to verbally express our feelings. Meditation balances out Ajna and Sahasrara energy so we can tune into our intuition and connect to the Universe.

Even if you’ve simply got a crick in your neck or some tightness in your chest, these practices will not just help you feel better physically, you’ll receive the emotional and mental benefits as well. Enjoy the freedom that comes from releasing your body, mind, and spirit. 

Neck Release - Erin Wimert

Myofascial Release- Shoulders, Chest, & Neck - Gemma Celento

Therapeutic Yoga for Wrists, Shoulders and Neck - Shy Sayar

Shoulder/Neck Mobility Flow - Kristin Gibowicz

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