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New Anatomy Series: Neck & Shoulders

By Anytimeyoga @anytimeyoga

Probably moving into chest and upper back eventually.

Because I’ve spent so much time sitting over a desk recently, I’ve been thinking of this area of my body a lot. Because, well, it is stiff, strained, and sore. Ironically, spending time at my desk researching and writing this post is probably contributing to the problem, at least in the short term. In the longer term, of course, I hope to have: a) more specific knowledge for more specific solutions, and b) more free time I can spend away from my computer. (In reality, “a” is a pretty good bet for during the school year while “b” will happen around the beginning of June if I am lucky.) And intermediately (is that a word? spell check agrees, so it must be true), investigating anatomy stuff — along with asanas or exercises that involve the anatomical focus — almost invariably leads to some “field testing” going on.

Unlike with the core and hips series, where I had some background knowledge going in, with necks, I know next to nothing. I mean, I know that necks connect heads to torsos, that the neck is the cervical part of the spine (and so shares movement patterns with the spine), and that there must be musculature in there somewhere to facilitate that movement.

Beyond that, however, I’ll be learning as I write.


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