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I appreciate the explanation behind the rule I had heard before (and honored) of avoiding neck rolls. I tried and really like the exercise of placing the R hand on the L shoulder and hanging the head to the R (3 positions). Like Brahmani, however, I found the photo on the article confusing - it illustrates a different exercise.


Yoga is my daily "WOW" (work out worries). It's my as they say" I'm going to my happy place" even my grandson relates to this happy place and when I say I'm going to the happy place, he undertands. I get in nursing and use relaxing techniques with my patients to which they respond and say they will use even at home.


Great exercise! Thanks! Have incorporated it into my yoga routine, you can really feel the benefits, and seems much safer than neck rolls. Bit confused though, the photo on the article is not as the description of the exercise....


Excellent advice, Julie. I'm a physical therapist as well. I'm just a beginner at Yoga, though.

It is rather interesting that a good amount of PT is really founded on Yoga principles. Physical therapy's (treatment from a licensed PT) strength, from my experience and study, is in the isolated application of treatment to a given muscle or joint. Julie's article is a perfect example of this. A licensed PT armed with Yoga knowledge and experience makes a formidable therapeutic dynamo! I'm working my way there. :)

C Kiger

I suffer from a chronic pain condition in my neck and upper back, and I very much appreciate these articles. It is important to stretch the area and get the blood flowing, but many of my teachers' practices are too aggressive with that area, perhaps for those with no injury too!

Allison Yo2go

Great Article. I will incorporate all this into my practice. Another good que to help release the jaw is to "bring your toung down from the top of your mouth"

yogi bear

Great article, thanks Julie!
Susie, I think the picture is different from what is being described. I just did the instructions and it worked really well. Opposite hand to shoulder keeps that shoulder down.


I'm a little confused. You say to hold your R hand to your L shoulder to keep shoulders level. The pic shows R hand on R shoulder which to me would keep the shoulders more level. Assume it's a typo and picture is correct. Please confirm.


It is known as Carotid Artery dissection. It can happen to younger people who are fit. Pressure on carotid artery momentarily halting blood flow to the brain, blood clots, when pressure is released, clot flows to brain, possible cause of stroke. Keep well.

Jeanette Alosi

Awesome can't wait to introduce it to my students!!

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