9 Yoga Poses For Great Neck
Over the years Yoga has worked fabulously not just in making oneself fit but in also maintaining beauty of skin & hair. We have specific Yoga poses for strong and healthy hair, Yoga for keeping skin healthy, Yoga for keeping wrinkles at bay and Yoga for achieving & maintaining a toned body. While we care for our skin, hair and body, there is one body part that is often ignored, i.e. The Neck.
Neck adds beauty to the face and figure. This slender stem not only supports the head but also provides mobility to your head and shoulders. A nice, toned neck can add a lot in one’s beauty however, the neck is quite vulnerable to early signs of skin ageing because of the frequent movements, friction from clothing and external aggressions. Other than such natural phenomenon, different daily activities like poor posture, wrong sleeping habits, and physical stress can cause neck muscles to tighten and contribute to muscle fatigue. Once the skin around neck begins to sag, it adds ages to your overall look and then people try new ways to hide their neck behind turtle necks and collared apparels.
But why to resort to ways for hiding instead try some Yoga poses to achieve a great toned neck. Today I shall share few such Yoga Poses that will help you achieve a great neck.
Have a look.
Seated Spinal Twist
Sit with legs long in front of you. Bend right knee and place right foot outside of left knee. (You can keep left leg long or fold it in like a half-cross-legged seat). Now wrap left arm around right leg and place right hand on the ground behind sacrum. Stay in this positions for 5 deep breaths, then repeat on the other side.
Greeva Sanchalan Asana
Sit comfortably in an erect position and ensure that your neck is straight and muscles are totally relaxed. Keep your eyes closed, this will keep you calm & relaxed. Push your head back to the rear position while keeping your facial muscles in a relaxed state. Now, bring your head back to the normal position slowly. Now do the reverse. Bend your neck in a frontward position and try and keep it as close to the sternum as possible. Gradually return back to the centre position. Try and repeat this process 10 times.
Now again sit comfortably in an erect position and make sure your neck is straight and muscles totally relaxed. Keeping your shoulders in a fixed position, bend your head slowly to the left position and then raise it back to the normal (centre) position. Now repeat the same process on the other side. Make sure you feel the pull of the neck on the left hand side when you are performing the stretch towards the right hand side and vice versa. Try and repeat this process for 10 times.
Matsyasana Fish Pose
Lie down, and allow your body to gently rest on the head with arms resting on either side. Do this till you feel comfortable and your neck is not feeling stressed. Stay here for at least five deep breaths.
Kneel down with your body erect and your knees directly beneath your hips, and toes curling under. Stack your hips on top of your knees, your shoulders at top of your hips. Then place the palms of your hands on the small of your back, fingertips facing up. As you inhale, inflate the chest and feel your breastbone rise, floating the ribcage up and off the waist. Then continue to lift the upper back up and over an imaginary ball behind you until you begin to reach one hand and then the other toward the heels. You should arrive in your deepest arch only in the upper back when both hands rest comfortably on your heels or props. Take five full, complete breaths, letting the head drop back; if that strains the neck, tuck the chin and relax the face muscles.
Clockwise and Anti-Clockwise neck rotations are old yet very effective way to keep neck toned.
Keep your neck and shoulder muscles relaxed and drop your head down till you head is near the sternum. Now, rotate your head to the left hand side till the left ear is right next to the left shoulder. Ensure that you are not raising your shoulder when performing this exercise.
Roll your head backwards as far as you comfortably can and then rotate your head all the way to the right hand side, performing the same kind of exercise. Now bring your head back to the initial position, this completes one full round. Do five such rounds clockwise and five such rounds anti-clockwise.
The baby bird facial pose is well known to counter sagging jowls. Tilt your head back and look up at the ceiling. Press the tip of your tongue on the roof of your mouth and swallow. Keeping your eyes on the ceiling, tilt your head slightly to the right and swallow. Now tilt your head slightly to the left and swallow. Repeat the exercise three to four times in each direction.
The platysma is the big muscle that runs from our jawline to our shoulder. To strengthen and tone the platysma, this pose helps a lot. Pull your lips back against your teeth. Open your mouth slightly, and activate the muscles of your jaw. Keep your lips pressed firmly against your teeth. The tendons on your neck should stand out. Wiggle your lower jaw up and down 5 to 10 times.
Thread The Needle
Reach your right arm underneath your body, allowing your right shoulder and temple to release to the ground. Your left hand can stay where it is, or crawl a bit to the right over your head. Breathe here for 10 deep breaths, and then repeat on the other side.
Chewing Gum Motion
Open and close your jaw repeatedly in a circular motion as in you are chewing a gum. Do this for 20 to 30 seconds, stop for 10 seconds and begin again.
Allow your jaw to go slack so that your lips slightly open. Protrude your jaw and place your bottom front teeth over your top front teeth. Raise your left arm, turn your head to the right and look up toward the ceiling. Hold for 10 seconds, then relax your jaw. Repeat the movements again, but now increase the hold time of this position for 15 seconds. Complete the exercise three times, lower your arms and perform three repetitions with your right arm.
These were some very effective and great Yoga poses/exercises to enhance your neck beauty and keep your looking very toned and young.
What is your favorite pose for a great neck?
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