IMPORTANT HEALTH AND SAFETY DISCLOSURES: IF YOU HAVE JUST GONE THROUGH A NECK SURGERY, YOU MUST WAIT AT LEAST 16 WEEKS AND ONLY DO THE PHYSIOTHERAPY AS INDICATED BY YOUR PHYSICIAN. IF YOU ARE SUFFERING FROM ANY EXTREME NECK AILMENTS (SEVERE CLOSURE OF THE NEURAL FORAMEN, SEVERE ARTHROSIS, ETC.), DO NOT PERFORM THIS PRACTICE.
There are various contributors to neck pain which is why it is imperative that before beginning this practice you have a medical diagnosis. Stress and poor posture are two common causes of neck pain. This 37-minute practice will stretch your neck as well as the rest of the spine and will relax the neck and upper back muscles, relieving pain and often eliminating it. The spine is an intelligent mechanism and if there are any problems in the cervical vertebrae, there are most likely lumbar problems as well. For lumbar issues, refer to the “Does your back hurt?” series of videos since it will be necessary to do other kinds of practices to strengthen the rest of your back.
Keep in mind that in order to see the results, it is necessary to practice at least three times a week. It is advised that you practice yoga on an empty stomach, otherwise you may harm your digestive system. Remember to integrate your breathing and mind to your movements as if any of these items are absent or misaligned, the practice becomes simple exercise as opposed to yoga postures.