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Yoga for neck and shoulder pain
Here are some shoulder and neck pain-relieving poses you can practice daily to reduce discomfort.
1. Neck rolls
The yoga counterpart of what is likely the most well-known and well-liked stretch for releasing neck tension is neck rolls. Start by ensuring that you’re sitting comfortably and your hands are resting on your knees. Straighten your spine by sitting up straight, relaxing your shoulders, and pressing your chin into your chest. Use one hand to push your head and the other to slowly push your opposing shoulder in the opposite direction as you roll your head to the right or left until your ear hits your shoulder.
Roll your head back to the middle slowly, then do the opposite on the other side. Your neck muscles will begin to stretch right away, which will feel really relaxing if you’re stiff.
Sit straight up in the stance of the sitting forward bend with your legs perfectly straight. Inhale deeply, then fold forward while attempting to hold your heels. Make sure your chest is as close to touching, as your knees. The crucial step is to roll forward while tucking your chin in, hold that stretch, and gradually pull your shoulders in.
Exhale after counting slowly to five, then pull back. Because it’s designed to connect your neck with your upright spine’s forward, natural motion, this pose is excellent. In actuality, there are many advantages to this stance. It elongates the hamstrings, shoulders, and spine.
3. Cross body stretch
Another traditional stretch, this position is excellent for relaxing the shoulders, especially when breathing techniques from yoga are used. Your shoulders and trapezius may clench together due to muscle stress in your deltoids and triceps, and this pose can help to relax the entire system.
As always, begin by sitting straight in a comfortable position and slowly stretch your shoulder by pulling your arm across your body. Release the stretch after at least three breaths (both inhaling and exhaling), then move to the other shoulder.