Do you have neck pain, headache or clenching your teeth? Having tension in the neck is a very common problem. Often it is a result of stress or bad posture. In this article I want to share an awesome yoga pose that helps you with the tension in the neck & jaw. Check out the video and continue reading.
I don´t know about you but having a chronic illness can lead to different kind of problems. I used to have terrible endometriosis pain, IBS, headaches & neck pain (to mention a few things..). My neck pain started before I got burned out many years ago, so it´s a stress & anxiety related problem. Over time it became so much better and today I don´t suffer at all from pain in the neck. I can still be stiff sometimes though, but then I have the best yoga pose for it!
One yoga pose that has helped me a lot is Neck Roll. It is a pose that helps you to relax your muscles in the neck and jaw. I have heard wonderful stories about this pose, that people who have done this pose regularly has escaped chronic clenched teeth, headaches etc. It is included in three yoga poses for headache.
It helps you to relax the muscles
What this yoga pose does is, as I mentioned, it relaxes the muscles in the neck and jaw, but it also activates the parasympathetic nervous system (rest & relax state) and makes you calm. So this means that neck roll is really good if you can´t sleep. You can read a blog about it here, where you have three other yoga poses that are good for a good night´s sleep. The neck roll also opens up the circulation to the brain and activates pineal gland, pituitary gland and the thyroid.
What does the yogic tradition say?
In the yogic tradition the neck roll affects the fifth chakra – the throat chakra. That is affecting your thyroid gland, neck & teeth
Having a balanced throat is said to make you stand up for yourself, speaking the truth from your heart to others and yourself and you have the ability to communicate in a good way.
Check out the video and try the pose. If you have problems in your neck, start with small movements and increase over time. This pose should never give you pain in the neck!
Try this pose for a couple of minutes each direction every day. If you have sleeping problems do it before going to bed. Tell me how it works for you! Please share the video to family & friends!
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Helen Kåselöv is a yoga teacher and yoga therapist and the founder of Healing from within with yoga & food (former Yoga for Endometriosis & Pelvic pain). Helen has a history of severe endometriosis and is today helping women with endometriosis, PCOS, uterine fibroids and other pelvic pain online, with yoga, nutrition and other lifestyle changes. Using yoga both as a tool in different kinds of healing programs, pain management, yoga has become the foundation in her work. “Yoga can help you in so many ways: Physically, mentally, spiritually and as a personal development tool.”