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Yoga For Bloggers- 3 Easy Stretches To Release Neck Pain

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Poor posture can lead to neck ache

Over the past few posts, I have offered you a variety of simple yoga exercises to ease lower back pain and reduce eye strain caused by constantly working on a computer.

In yoga you are encouraged to be your best and give your best, however as you know without good health, it becomes impossible to do your goals. In fact, looking after yourself, caring for your mind, body and spirit, isn’t a goal. It’s a way of life.

In today’s post, we look at another area of your body which takes a lot of bashing during the cause of your day – your neck. You don’t realise how much you rely on your neck to help movement. Try this simple exercise. Face forward and then try to look towards your right shoulder without moving your head. It’s hard. Your eyes can only take you so far, because when you use your neck you can rotate your head to a much wider angle.

A common cause of neck pain is muscle strain or tension. As a blogger you spend a lot of time bending over a desk, most people have their computer monitor either to high or too low, which outs unnecessary strain on posture.

As a blogger, practicing yoga enables you to be more body aware and to sit in a correctly aligned place. If you are curious to find out more about how yoga can help you during your day, click here.

If you suffer from neck pain, follow these five simple neck release techniques to ease tension and tiredness from your neck. As with all forms of physical activity, exercise patience and respect for your body and consult your GP before undertaking exercise.

Five Neck Ache Release Techniques

Make sure you are sitting up straight to do these exercises.

1. Massage your jaw

Open and close your jaw. Pretend you are chewing gum and make loud smacking noises. Make sure you stick out your tongue and open and close your eyes as you chew. Not pretty, but highly effective in loosing up facial and jaw tension.

2. Next, place the pads of your fingers on your cheeks, lightly massage your cheeks and lower jaw line, making small circular movements along the jaw with the tips of your fingers.

3. Take a slow steady breath in and as you exhale, slowly lower your head to rest your chin on the top of your chest. Be aware of the stretch this creates along the back of your neck. Take 3-5 deep breaths. Return your head to centre.

4. Inhale and as you exhale, tip your head back, this time bringing your chin to point up to the ceiling. Take 3-5 deep breaths; observe the stretch in your throat. Return your head to the centre.

5. Lower your right ear towards your right shoulder, breathe into the stretch and slowly return your head to the centre. On the next out breathe, lower your left ear to your left shoulder. Take a steady breath in and as exhale return your head to centre.

Although simple, these easy yoga stretches are highly effective in easing everyday neck ache.
I’ d love to know how you got on and what difference they make to your posture and sense of ease in the body. Share your thoughts in the comment box below.

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About Ntathu Allen

Yoga Teacher, Blogger and mum to three bubbly teens, I aspire to support, educate and encourage busy mums and working women to weave moments of calm into their hectic schedule.

About Ntathu Allen

Yoga Teacher, Blogger and mum to three bubbly teens, I aspire to support, educate and encourage busy mums and working women to weave moments of calm into their hectic schedule.

Comments

  1. Recently i had a sever back pain, i had it for the first time, i could never feel other people pain until i got it myself, it was continuous pain for 3 consecutive days. Thanks for the tips, i liked the 5th one specially
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  2. I usually do that kind yoga thing when I feel pressured and so tired because of too much works that need to be done. That’s a nice suggestion!. XD
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    • Thats the best time to practice yoga Angel…and it is great you have the discipline and awareness to know when to stop, stretch and relax. Well done. And wishing you every blessing and good cheer in 2012

  3. Nice blog group. Your blog is coming together well.
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  4. Great tips; this is something that affects me often, so it’s good to have a fix for it.

  5. Thanks for these great tips. I am going to be doing them since I have a stiff neck from working at a computer too much!

  6. great blog Ntathu 🙂 didn’t realise how stiff my neck was 😛

  7. Working th e whole day in front of computer is surely a chammenge for your eyes and back. So some exercises are essential. So thanx for sharing these exercises. I’ll try them.

  8. those little yoga elves..sure building up good karma..thank you Big Elf from across the Magical Pond…glad you like the stretches…yeah its amazing how much tension we carry in our bodies.

  9. Woo hoo!! Look at you. Your picture finally showed up in your profile. Must’ve been the Yoga elves. Some of these actually hurt – indicating just how stiff and tense my neck and shoulders and back get working at the PC. Good stretches.
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