You’ve probably heard the expression, “Keep your head on your shoulders.” It is a euphemism for using good common sense. Similarly, the expressions “hold your head high,” and “keep your chin up,” encourage us to be confident and optimistic. But when you’ve got neck tension, whether it’s chronic or intermittent, literally ‘keeping your head on shoulders’ or holding it high can be difficult or even painful.
Pain here interferes with your ability to keep body and soul together. Pain here make you feel disjointed and out of sorts. Pain here can make it difficult to articulate your limbs and upper body. Pain here is a bummer.
Neck tension can be caused by anything from stress to a funny sleep position to habitually carrying your kid or computer bag on the same shoulder to spending too much time slumped over your desk. (The average American spends as much as three hours each day hunched over a keyboard. Text Neck is becoming an epidemic. There are even institutes dedicated entirely to relieving the condition!) Whatever the cause, neck tension can be both physically and emotionally debilitating.
The expression and the discomfort of  “Pain in the neck,” both have their origins further down the body. The expression comes from “pain in the ars3,” which dates back to the early 1900’s. The discomfort often comes from instability in the upper back.
Yoga to the rescue! Meg’s yoga therapeutics workshop this Saturday (1-3:30pm) will focus on yoga postures and techniques that improve flexibility in the mid-back, neck, shoulders, and chest. You’ll learn relaxation techniques that decrease tension and pain between the shoulder blades and the base of the skull—right where the worst tensions can strike.
Whether your pain in the neck is from literary or physical origins, you’ll leave this workshop with tools to help keep such tensions from recurring. Here is the link to sign up. You’ll be glad you did!

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