Weight of the World: Check Out Some Yoga Poses For Neck and Shoulders.

Neck pain is considered a decidedly disabling disorder like back pain, low back pain and sciatica. Do you happen to wake up with your neck completely blocked and unable to do anything? Do you get dizzy, headaches and nauseous? You may also have some cervical problems like most students and workers. Many people complain that neck pain relief treatments are only effective initially and, after a short time, the pain returns. Did you know that with yoga poses for neck and shoulders you can ease the pain finding relaxation and restorative balance in both your body and your mind?  Let’s see which are the best Restorative Yoga Poses For Neck and Shoulders.

Where we gather all the tension

muscles that support the neck should be strengthened and strengthened through the constant practice of postural exercises: the cervical is in fact the bridge between the head and the rest of the body and it is therefore essential to take care of it to ensure the complete well-being of our body. According to psychosomatics, those who suffer from pain in the cervical tract cannot balance the needs of the mind with those of the body and find themselves in constant conflict. This dissension also causes stress, a defense mechanism of the body that causes the muscles of the neck and shoulders to stiffen.

How can Restorative Yoga Poses For Neck and Shoulders improve neck health?

Thanks to mindful breathing, yoga is considered a real cure-all for those suffering from neck pain. In fact, breathing (pranayama) helps to dissolve the tensions accumulated during the day and helps to lower the levels of cortisol in the blood, a symptom of excessive stress. The postures in yoga help to balance and develop the muscles of the neck in harmony, also increasing its flexibility (often a sedentary lifestyle is the cause of a neck that is too stiff and painful).

Here are 4 positions that will help your neck to regain clarity and become more flexible, relax the shoulders and neck and develop the entire upper back muscles in harmony.

It is important to remember to lie down in Savasana (body position) a few minutes after finishing the practice to make the benefits of the postures effective.

Trikonasana, Triangle Pose


With this Restorative Yoga Poses For Neck and Shoulders you have the chance to equally develop the muscles of the right and left side of the neck, those muscles that usually are more keen to cause problems and suffer inflammations. Start by spreading your legs apart and bringing your left foot outwards, keep your legs engaged and start going down with your left arm towards the knee or left ankle. Look up to the sky and take deep breaths. 

Bhujangasana, Cobra Pose


This restorative Yoga Pose For Neck and Shoulders allows you to relax the and release the tension in the shoulder muscles while opening your chest. Often a bad posture with the shoulders pushed forward and the chest closed is the cause of pain in the shoulders and neck. Gently lift your torso up from the ground with your arms keeping your elbows slightly flexed and be careful to lower your shoulders towards the ground. 

Balasana, Child’s Pose


Close yourself inside and forget the rest. Balasana allows you to carve out an intimate space just for you by relaxing the muscles of the shoulders and neck. In addition, it allows you to stretch the lower back in a natural and beneficial way. Let your arms fall behind with the palms of your hands up, close your eyes and surrender at the moment.

Develop pressure on soft support

Get a small towel to roll up under the head (between the neck and the nape of the neck). Lie on a mat with your knees flexed and your heels near your buttocks. Bring your arms to your sides with your palms down and lower your shoulders. Now develop a slight pressure towards the towel, also lowering the mind towards the chest. Inhale return to the starting position, exhale and squeeze again.

At the root of tensions with meditation

Very often the root of the tensions that lurk in the muscles is of mental origin. Worries, prolonged anxiety or fears change and "deform" our body causing stiffness and contractions.

Thus, in addition to asanas, we cannot fail to advise you to experiment with meditation as an anti-stress technique: a few minutes a day can help you improve your approach to existence to the benefit not only of your shoulders and neck, but of the whole organism, physical and mental.

Conclude your practice by lying on the mat in Savasana for 10 minutes, relax all the muscles of the body, close your eyes and abandon yourself to the present moment.

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