Before starting a yoga session in an office setting, I often ask my students if they have any special requests. One of the most popular responses I receive is for neck stretches.
Although the neck is a relatively small region compared to the rest of the body, stress can literally and figuratively be a pain in the neck!
When life gets busy and drama is high, we can all hold a lot of stress and tension in the neck, shoulders and back. Staring at computer screens and phones, slumping into poor posture at our desks and sleeping in awkward positions, can all contribute to tightness in the neck.
Fortunately though, a little bit of yoga can go a long way. These simple, yet effective stretches will create space in the neck, shoulders and back, and will hopefully soothe your state of mind too.
Hold each pose for a minimum of five breaths and observe how you feel overall after. You can perform these stretches while sitting, or even standing tall, beginning in Mountain Pose (Tadasana).