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Transforming Fear to Joy

Freeing Your Neck & Throat with Yoga Actions (Part 2)

Given the tendency for many people to project their head forward as a result of long hours working on computers, I am continuing to explore how the throat diaphragm can enable us to correct this misalignment.

The yoga actions and poses in this blog strengthen our neck and throat muscles. In addition, they allow us to properly align our head and neck over our spine, which opens the breath cavity easing swallowing, speaking and eating. With this realignment comes greater ease and balance due to the reduced effort afforded the upper back muscles that have been working overtime to hold onto a forward-pitched head.

For the poses illustrated below, practise these yoga actions to free your throat.

SUPTA BADDHA KONASANA (Supine Bound Angle) 5 minutes
– horizontal bolster under thoracic
– support under head

YOGA ACTIONs:

  1. EXPAND the circumference of the Throat Diaphragm (TD) from the size of a thimble to a bowl; first with your breath, then with your awareness.
  2. LIFT the hyoid bone (in red below) back toward the cervical spine and up. Think of “smiling” with it. Notice how the back neck muscles release and relax allowing the head to align over the torso.
Source: Wikipedia
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Hyoid_bone#/media/File:Hyoid_bone_-_animation.gif

Continue to practise the Yoga Actions for each of the poses below.