Relieving Neck and Shoulder Tension
The best solutions come from looking clearly at the underlying cause of the problem. Vijnana Yoga looks at the tendencies that pull our bodies out of alignment and develops intelligent accessible solutions from there. In this article I share with you a wonderful isometric exercise for relieving tension from the neck and shoulders. I hope you try them out and find the same freedom from pain.
Now add the action of shoulder release. Bend the elbows and point the fingertips skyward. Press the elbows into the earth and stretch the chest to the sky. Your shoulders will lift off the ground. Keep reaching up with the center of your chest and try to stretch the shoulder heads (top of your upper arm bones) down to the ground. Even if they don’t touch down, that’s okay. Keep reaching them down as you press steadily with the elbows and reach up with the chest. Can you feel how this is pulling your upper spine into your body? It is also moving your shoulder blades onto your upper back where they are meant to live. After holding this action and breathing smoothly for a few minutes, roll to your side and sit up. Feel the difference in your posture. Again, practicing this a few times a day, first thing in the morning and right before bed, you will begin to reseat your shoulders and strengthen your neck to support its natural curve.
New knowledge becomes wisdom when it is applied. Adopt a curious attitude and be willing to experiment and explore the effects of these simple exercises on your body. Nothing feels better than taking command of the areas of our lives that cause us suffering and making positive change.