"Shoulders and Neck" - common requests! Quick show of hands... Who is reading this from a cell phone or iPad. If the answer is "Me!" - take a quick check of your posture. Yep, sitting up helps right... That is the #1 thing that changed for me when Yoga became less of a hobby and more of a lifestyle. Living my yoga, meant more body awareness - Neck and shoulders is a continual struggle.
Now that you are aware of your posture -Try linking your breath as you move through this sequence. You can do it seated in a chair (legs, just comfortable) or seated on the floor like me. I am seated in Bound Angle.
1. Inhale lift chin to the ceiling
2. Exhale bring the chin down toward the chest
3. Inhale head back to center
4. Exhale drop the left ear toward the shoulder
5. Inhale back to center
6. Exhale drop off to the other side
Repeat mindfully and observe how you feel! - How was that! Join me in class this week and I will walk you through a few more poses that focus on the neck.
Stimulates abdominal organs, ovaries and prostate gland, bladder, and kidneys
Stimulates the heart and improves general circulation
Stretches the inner thighs, groins, and knees
Helps relieve mild depression, anxiety, and fatigue
Soothes menstrual discomfort and sciatica
Helps relieve the symptoms of menopause
Therapeutic for flat feet, high blood pressure, infertility, and asthma
Consistent practice of this pose until late into pregnancy is said to help ease childbirth.
Traditional texts say that Baddha Konasana destroys disease and gets rid of fatigue.
If you have a groin or knee injury, do this pose with blankets or blocks supporting under the knee.
Read more about this pose here - http://www.yogajournal.com/pose/bound-angle-pose/