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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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