Neck and Shoulder Pain
Day 16 of our 30 Day Beginner Yoga Challenge is a Beginner Yoga Class for Neck and Shoulder Pain. All of these beginner yoga poses for neck and shoulder pain are hand and wrist free, kneeling free, inversion free, and prop free. We will begin with a centering to bring awareness to your neck and shoulders and to soften that area of your body with mindfulness. We will stay in a reclined position to do some yoga neck releases including one of my favourites called 10 tigers running through the forest and a fabulous yoga shoulder release. When we come up to standing I have some wonderful yoga hand and arm positions that will allow you to release your neck and shoulders. From there we will come back down to a small beginner backbend called sphinx pose to strengthen your back to support your shoulders and neck. We will also add in some neck circles here. We will finish our short 10 minute class in savasana with a poem by Mark Nepo called Accepting This.
You can do this class if you have never done a yoga class before in your life. I will give you slow, easy to follow, step-by-step instructions and tell you exactly how to get in and out of each and every pose. Detailed instructions will be given for even the most basic poses and how to breathe. You will be given lots of cues of how to pay attention to your body and where to feel the effects of the yoga poses. You do not have to be athletic, flexible, strong, balanced, skinny or coordinated to do this class. The slow, step-by-step instructions will give you the confidence to let go of your self-judgment and stay focused with commitment and motivation.
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