Stretching is the corner stone of modern fitness whether you go to yoga or at the gym. Yet is stretching the best way to be tension-free? Is stretching your neck the best way for your neck to be tension-free?
Wouldn’t you like to know? Well here it is!:)
Stretching is great but making the unconscious conscious is most helpful to gain sustainable results!
Neck tension is not due to texting or computer use, it is not due to sitting long hours on a chair either. Rather it is due to how you use yourself while texting, at the computer or sitting on a chair.
And these activities are affected by how you use yourself the rest of the time even doing simple movements such as looking right and left to cross a street, to check your environment or to check on your children running around.
If you are like most people, you are overusing your neck muscles to move your head instead of moving your head from the occipital joint at the top of the spine, or even higher for better results.
Whether you are on or off the mat, keep that awareness with you and notice how it changes your movement!
If you want to be tension-free in your neck or other places, you must prevent unknowingly building that tension by discovering unconscious habits that are feeding your level of tension. Then you can enjoy a whole body stretch just for fun instead of stretching the same tension over and over in various body parts.
And if you are a yoga teacher, trainee or committed yoga practitioner, send me a message to see if you qualify for a free session with me.
Cecile Raynor has been teaching the Alexander Technique for over 25 years out of which came her B.I.A. Process to assist yogis enhance their practice bypassing the intellect. She is also a Thai Yoga Massage Therapist and a Reiki Practitioner. Faculty at Akasha Yoga Teacher Training, she runs a 12 months Mastermind for Yoga Teachers with a Vision, and a 90 Day Virtual Program for trainees, new teachers and committed yoga practitioners interested in using their body more efficiently on and off the mat in a way not taught in regular training courses. She is currently writing a book on her personal and professional experience to be published this year with Bliss-life Press, San Diego California.