Unfortunately, many of our professions restrict us from regular movement throughout the day, which can cause bothersome neck tension. If you are confined to a desk all day, it may be advantageous to try these 3 yoga stretches for neck tension:
- Side Neck Stretch – You can soothe your neck and shoulders by reaching your left arm outside of your left hip and extending away at a 45 degree angle. Next, put your right hand on the left side of your head and exhale.
- Hand Clasp – This stretch soothes pain at the back of your neck, as you interlace your fingers on top of your head and fold forwards. As you hug your biceps downward and exhale for five to ten breaths, you will experience almost immediate relief.
- Upper Back Stretch – You can soothe both sides of your neck with this stretch, as well as your chest, mid-upper back, and upper shoulders. Simply fold your left arm behind you but towards the right side of your body and lower your chin so that you can place your right hand on the left side of your brain. Exhale and repeat on both sides.