This is a description and video demonstration of gentle neck stretches. You may click the video at the top of this blog or the link at the bottom to view the demonstration. Doing these stretches when needed, can help to warm up and cool down your neck. Properly warming up and cooling down helps to prevent injury. Feel free to pause video anywhere you’d like to hold longer, or to repeat; continuing when ready.
Beginning in a seated position. Then shifting legs out in front of body. Placing feet on the ground, wrapping arms around legs, and interlacing fingers. Inhale, lifting heart, lengthening spine, and softening shoulders away from ears. Then, exhaling right ear towards right shoulder. Lowering shoulder down and back.
Only going to the point of gentle tension. To increase the stretch, draw chin away from body. To decrease the stretch, draw chin closer to body. When done, inhaling head back to center.
Then, exhaling left ear toward left shoulder. Adjusting the chin as necessary; either closer or further away from the body, and breathing. When finished, inhaling head back to center.
Then exhaling, chin towards chest. Breathing. To move on, inhaling head back to center.
Coming into a comfortable seated position with legs crossed. Engaging core, connecting both sit bones with Earth, lengthening spine, and softening shoulders away from ears. Slowly making circles with head in one direction. Breathing and making as many rotations as feels good. When finished, inhaling head back to center.
Exhaling, to lower down, making circles in the other direction. Making as many rotations as you need. When ready, inhaling head back to center.
Then, inhaling hands to shins for, Seated Cat/Cow. Exhaling, c-curve spine, bringing chin to chest and expanding shoulder blades. Holding for as long as you like.
To move on, inhale, chest forward, expanding heart, and lowering shoulders down away from neck. Lengthening chin forward. Holding for as long as desired.
Option to gently flow breath to movement. Inhaling forward and exhaling back. Moving at your pace with your breath. When finished, returning to center.
Repeating these exercises when needed.
To view the video demonstration click here: https://youtu.be/XD3PDxch_xw
Happy Practicing Yogis.
** Do NOT do these stretches if you have any pain or dizziness. If you experience any pain slowly back out of the posture and come into a comfortable position on the mat.
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