Yoga for Neck and Shoulders

Yoga for Neck and Shoulders

"Those mountains you are carrying, you were only supposed to climb." - Najwa Zebian

I only left home a week ago, but my body is already feeling really out of alignment. It doesn't help that I have not kept up with my practice over the last month and have taken a class nearly every day since I arrived in Silverton. (btw, if you are ever here... I recommend Body Theory). I am also getting used to working at a computer again, carrying a heavy backpack, and sleeping in a bed I am not used to.

This combination has led to some really grumpy shoulders and a stiff neck!

Tight shoulders can also be caused by an excess of stress in your life. We can learn to release tension through yoga movements, allowing weight to be lifted from our shoulders.

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I created a video today to walk you through some gentle stretches for the upper body. We will be rolling, wiggling, reaching, and moving in a way that helps drop some of the heavy weight off our shoulders. As we tend to carry a ton of stress up there, let's try and breathe through the release of the cooped up energies there.

As we focus on opening the chest and heart, I encourage you to keep the idea of compassion in your mind throughout this practice. When negative thoughts about yourself or others come to mind, let them go without judgment and focus instead on love.

I would love to know what you think. Please feel free to comment below or on my YouTube channel. I would love suggestions for other videos you would like to see.

Struggling with a sore back? I have the yoga video for you >

<3 Taryn


About the Author

Taryn Raine

Taryn Raine is an world traveler, yoga lifestyle coach, and healthy living fanatic. She has made it her mission to empower others to take control of their own wellness journey. In her spare time, she enjoys dancing, cooking, exploring, and connecting with new people.


  1. May 10, 2017 at 07:28

    Thanks for that video. I’ve been reading a bit more about Yoga but I’ve been meaning to get into it a bit more but I’m scared I’m not flexible enough. I’d love to try it first in the comfort of my own home so videos like this are always super helpful. I’ve got bad posture because of the way I sit at work so this is exactly what I need!

    Would you be interested in sharing your thoughts and posts with our community of health, fitness and nutrition enthusiasts over at “The Active You”? We’d love to hear what you have to say. You can check us out over at!

  2. Ariel
    May 11, 2017 at 18:14


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