Healing Yoga for Neck and Shoulder Pain – Easy, Effective Practices for Releasing Tension and Relieving Pain
If your neck is chronically tense and tight, and if the muscles in your upper back and shoulders often feel as hard as a rock, you’re not alone. In our high-stress, hurried, 24/7 world—filled with work deadlines, financial pressures, “terror alerts,” and sleeplessness—many of us feel the weight of the world on our shoulders. Add to this emotional tension the postural stress of spending most of our days sitting, typically doing activities that round our bodies forward—such as computer work, driving, and reading—and all too often, the result is a serious pain in the neck.
Yoga is increasingly being recognized as powerful way to relieve neck pain, and this book is designed to empower you with safe, effective yoga self- care strategies that offer relief on many levels. Physically, yoga postures can stretch tight muscles and strengthen weak ones, cultivating flexibility, stability, and ease of movement. Yoga also teaches proper alignment, which helps you learn how to sit and stand with good posture, easing strain on your neck and shoulders. Psychologically, yoga is a potent stress reliever that teaches you how to relax and connect to an inner sense of peace. Energetically, yoga breathing helps enhance vital energy and recharges your entire system.
This book is based on my work with countless yoga students and yoga therapy clients, as well as my own struggles with neck pain. Over time, I have virtually eliminated my own neck pain, and feel grateful to be able to share the myriad gifts of yoga with you
About Carol Krucoff, C-IAYT, E-RYT (Chapel Hill, North Carolina Author)
Carol Krucoff, C-IAYT, E-RYT, is a yoga therapist at Duke Integrative Medicine in Durham, North Carolina, where she offers classes, private sessions, and workshops for people with health challenges. An award-winning journalist, Carol served as founding editor of The Washington Post’s Health Section and is the author of several books including “Yoga Sparks: 108 Easy Practices for Stress Relief in a Minute or Less” and “Healing Yoga for Neck and Shoulder Pain.”
She is co-director, with Kimberly Carson, of the Integrative Yoga for Seniors Teacher Trainings, designed to help yoga teachers work safely and effectively with older adults. Their new book is "Relax into Yoga for Seniors: A Six-Week Program for Strength, Balance, Flexibility, and Pain Relief." For more information, please visit: www.healingmoves.com and www.yoga4seniors.com.