In yoga we tend to tend to focus our movements within just three planes of motion. This simple exercise takes the many small facet joints in our neck through their entire spectrum of movement.
Monica’s latest video clip on how to decrease stress on your neck when taking your head back. Check out her blog on this same subject:
Tune into Monica’s new YouTube channel ‘Heal Yourself’. This is a video to compliment her blog on ‘Saving Your Neck’ (link) and is an easy postural correction to apply both on and off the mat! It shows you how to down-regulate the SCM neck muscle to activate your deep stabilising muscles. This helps to correct a forward head carriage (computer head) and reduces the stress and wear and tear on your neck.
Here is a new video with Monica that is part of her series “Healing Yourself”. A related article fully explaining its role in healing low back pain will be posted soon.
The most common shoulder problem I encounter in yogis is one that is often overlooked even by professional musculoskeletal therapists. It is the displacement of the tendon of the long head of the biceps brachii muscle from its bicipital groove. This usually causes pain at the front (anterior) of the shoulder, which sometimes radiates down the front of the arm even to the hand.
I really enjoyed this hour-long interview with Ryan Spielman. I felt he had really tuned into my work and asked great questions. It is called from Disappointment to Samadhi. Here it is:
Although we usually think and talk about muscles as being weak or strong, closer to the truth is that muscles are usually inhibited or facilitated, respectively. Inhibition is when neural input (from our nervous system) to the muscle has been down-regulated. Facilitation is the opposite, when neural input to a muscle is excessive or up-regulated. Facilitated muscles are often those muscles compensating for the loss of input into a movement pattern that should come from the muscle that is inhibited. […]