Whether you sit at a desk all day, are on your feet, or you’re driving, we carry a lot of tension in our necks. The constant tension and stress can cause the muscles and ligaments to shorten and tighten. It’s more than just a pain in the neck, but it can restrict movement in the neck.
So what’s the best medicine when you wake up with a stiff neck, or you have chronic tight neck muscles?
Once again, yoga to the rescue.
With yoga you can move your neck in its six primary directions to lengthen and stretch the muscles. It can prevent chronic neck pain and treat sudden onset pain from sleeping poorly.
We’ve pulled together our favorite yoga poses for neck pain relief. If you have a chronic neck problem, speak to your doctor before beginning a yoga program and work with an experienced teacher. Move mindfully and stop if you experience any pain whatsoever.
It is an extremely beneficial sequence to lengthen, strengthen and stretch your spine. By going from flexion to extension synced with breath work, one enhances blood circulation in the back. This relieves from pain, stiffness and nourishes the deeper spaces of the spine. Thus, giving flexibility, correcting postural alignment, and stimulating abdominal organs like kidney and adrenal glands.
Additionally, it also strengthens and tones the arms and lower back. This is a great sequence for women as it provides strength to uterus and relieves from stress. It can be done during the pregnancy too (only under expert supervision)
2. Thread the Needle
This warm-up posture twists through the cervical spine nothing like a good twist to wring out all the stale energy!
From Tabletop position, inhale as you extend your right arm up. Exhale, thread it through the space between your left hand and left knee, palm facing up. Rest your right ear on the mat. Hold for one minute and repeat on left side.
3. Melting Heart Posture
This pose melts your heart into the earth for a gorgeous backbend through the upper and middle back — a space that is notoriously difficult to access and causes tension in the neck.
Remember to keep your hips just above the knees and arms reach out at shoulder width. I like to clasp my hands around the back of my neck, with my elbows reaching forward, to bring the stretch into my triceps as well.
5. Rabbit Pose
6. Bridge Pose
5. Fish Pose
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