Six Relaxing Yoga Poses To Relieve Neck Pain

Say goodbye to neck pain!

Have you ever suffered from neck pain? I have, and let me tell you, it is NO fun! Neck pain can keep you from performing a number of everyday activities. Think about how often you turn your head throughout the day… Too many times to count, right? Causes of neck pain can vary from muscle strain, injury, and even muscle tightness (usually caused by stress). If your neck pain stems from tight muscles, I have some great news! Practicing a consistent stretching routine can improve and even cure your neck pain. Try these six relaxing yoga poses to relieve neck pain for good!

Many people believe that it they’re suffering from neck pain, they just have tight neck muscles. On the contrary, a number of muscle groups can be to blame. Neck pain doesn’t just come from tight neck muscles, but tight shoulders, traps, upper back, and chest muscles, as well. Spinal compression can also be a cause, commonly found in people that sit for long periods of time throughout the day. These six relaxing yoga poses to relieve neck pain will cover all of these muscle groups. When we have proper flexibility in our upper body, our posture will improve and our aches & pains will subside.

What You Need: A yoga mat and a foam roller or yoga block.

The Routine

We’ve included instructional videos for each pose at the bottom of this post.

1. Cat Cow Pose 

Perform at least 5 rounds (Cat, cow, cat, cow, etc…) Remember to inhale on cow and exhale on cat!

Stretches the spine, back, neck and abdomen.

2. Thread the Needle Pose

Hold for at least 30 seconds per side.

Stretches the shoulders, chest, arms, upper back and neck.

3. Cobra Pose

Hold for at least 30 seconds. Maintain your breathing throughout.

Stretches the chest, shoulders and abdomen.

4. Eagle Pose

Hold for 15 to 30 seconds per side.

Stretches the shoulders and upper back.

5. Supported Fish Pose

This pose requires a yoga block or foam roller (beginners). Hold for 30 seconds, breathing slowly and deeply.

Stretches the throat, chest and abdomen. This pose also relieve spinal pressure.

6. Ear to Shoulder Pose

Hold each side for 5 deep breaths.

Stretches the neck and shoulders.

Cat Cow Pose

Thread the Needle Pose

Cobra Pose

Eagle Pose

Supported Fish Pose

Ear to Shoulder Pose

Whether you’re suffering from neck pain or not, these 6 poses are great for improving upper body flexibility and mobility. Give them a try and let us know what you think. You’ll feel great, notice less aches and pains and even develop better posture! Try these 9 Yoga Poses that You can do at Work.

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Erin Miller

Erin is an NASM Certified Personal Trainer and Corrective Exercise Specialist. She is also a Performance Nutrition Coach, certified through the Clean Health Fitness Institute. Some of Erin’s favorite hobbies include hiking, kayaking, and hanging out at the beach, although weight lifting is her greatest passion. She says, “Weight training is one of the most empowering things a person can do. Not just seeing, but feeling yourself transform… There’s just nothing else like it.”

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