A lot of office-going yoga students request their instructors for neck stretches. There’s a reason to it: Working in front of our computers and sitting for extended periods of time can often round our posture forward. This can create physical tension that is a pain in the neck both physically and energetically!
Although the neck is a relatively small region compared to the rest of the body, stress can literally and figuratively be a pain in the neck!
Fortunately, though, a little bit of yoga can go a long way. These simple, yet effective stretches will create space in the neck, shoulders and back, and will hopefully soothe your state of mind too.
Hold each pose for a minimum of five breaths and observe how you feel overall after. You can perform these stretches while sitting, or even standing tall, beginning in Mountain Pose (Tadasana).
When life gets busy and drama is high, we can all hold a lot of stress and tension in the neck, shoulders and back. Also, slouching can physically compress your spine and make you feel stiff. Energetically, your computer slouch can make you feel tired and creatively closed off. Avoid it.
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