Yoga is an ancient practice that attempts to form a connection between your spirit, mind and body. The idea behind the practice is that when you connect your mind, body and spirit together, you strengthen each of those components, which can help you lead a happier and healthier life. Certain stretches and poses can help you with neck pain and pain in other parts of your body. The time that you spend sitting at a desk and staring at a computer screen and the way you sleep at night can all cause neck pain. There are several yoga poses that can provide relief at home and at the office.
How Yoga Helps
Do you often use your laptop while sitting on your bed or while watching television? You might not realize that you stoop your shoulders and lean forward slightly. This puts more tension on your neck and shoulder and pushes your back and neck out of alignment. Some exercises can actually increase the tension and stress on your neck and shoulders, but yoga poses are more natural and fluid. These movements slowly push your body back into alignment and reduces the stress and tension that you carry in your upper body.
Shoulder shrugs are one of the easiest yoga poses that you can do to relieve tension and pain in your neck. As you only need a chair with a back, you can do this pose at home or work. Sit down in the chair and put your feet flat on the ground. Walk your feet forward until you are near the edge of the chair. Keep your back straight and your eyes straight ahead. Take a deep breath as you bring your shoulders up towards your ears. Exhale as you drop your shoulders back down. Repeat the movement 10 to 15 times when you feel pain in your neck.
Neck Massage Bend
For the neck massage bend, stand with your feet shoulder width apart and keep a slight bend in your knees. Slowly bend over until you feel a slight stretch in your back. Lift your hands from your sides to the sides of your neck. Carefully rub and massage the neck muscles for up to 30 seconds before releasing the pose and standing straight again. Other yoga poses can strengthen the muscles in your neck, improve your poster and help you get through the day without neck pain weighing you down.