How to fix tight neck and shoulders

Yoga is a fantastic tool to relieve any tension or stiffness in your neck and shoulder area. Not only does it stretch the muscles that pain, but there is also a bunch of great exercises to prevent the pain from coming up in the first place. This can be achieved through strengthening your core muscles for better posture. Since the central nervous system is interconnected, we can only heal one part by taking care of the body as a whole unit.

You need to ask yourself: What could possibly cause my neck and shoulder issues?

1 Often your posture is causing a lot of damage:

hours and hours working in front of the computer, non-stop staring into your phone screen and just ‘turteling’ around in general. Strengthening your core muscles - back and abdominal - can work wonders! Also just remind yourself to sit up/ stand up straight.

2 Incorrect sleeping position:

if you’re a stomach sleeper, you’re not doing your neck any favours. When you sleep on your stomach, you have to twist your head and neck to the side, which can put pressure on nerves. Converting yourself to side or back sleeping may help you to wake up pain-free. The right thickness of your pillow is also very important!

3 Injuries:

the only option for this case is to give your body time to heal and try some gentle strengthening and stretching exercises after consultation with your doctor.

4 Physical or mental stress:

pain is typically caused by an automatic reaction in the musculoskeletal and nervous systems after the body experiences trauma. However, stress-related pains in the neck are usually the result of emotionally-driven anxiety which effects the primary muscles and nerves running through the spine, shoulders, and neck. Pranayama (breathing exercises) is a wonderful method to reduce stress and relieve tension.

5 Muscle overuse:

working out a lot and forgetting completely about your head position can have tremendous effects on the wellbeing of your neck and shoulder muscles. If you feel like you have exercised too much- give your body some rest and start with some gentle stretches after a few days.

This video is specially made for you.

It’s purpose is to help you wind down, relax and get a beautiful relief in your neck and shoulder area. These very gentle yoga exercises are perfect for a break from work, to calm down if you’re stressed or to simply start your day fresh! Enjoy!

Apart from yoga there are some other practises you can consider to get rid of tension

1 Lifestyle changes:

a healthy plant-based diet (animal products cause inflammation), less coffee and no smoking can make a hell of a difference!

2 Apply heat or ice on your muscles:

there are many methods, find out more

3 Get somebody to massage you or give yourself a nice massage:

this page has some great tips

4 Stay hydrated!

5 Acupuncture

6 Swimming

And if nothing helps - consider coming to India to relax with us on one of our tours and yoga retreats! :)