Shoulders Can Be a Pain in the Neck, and Elsewhere!!!
Using your Bandhas is important. It is important to your Yoga practice and it is important to just plain living comfortably.
Other important things to use are your Lower Trapezius muscles. Here is a diagram of your Trapezius muscle.
There are three parts of the trapezius muscle: the
upper fibers (shown in YELLOW), used to bring your shoulders to your ears,
the middle fibers(shown in BLUE) that bring your shoulders up
and also inward, just like the rhomboids, and the lower fibers (shown in RED) that
pull your shoulder blades downward.
Try pulling your shoulder blades down. Not so
easy? Outside of a Yoga class, when was the last time you remembered
performing this kind of action? Probably not very recently, as we don’t
spend a good deal of time with our shoulder blades back and down.
Now, lift your shoulders towards your ears – fairly
easy? This action is performed readily when the “fight or flight”
syndrome is engaged; pulling our shoulders towards our ears is a protective
mechanism. What else feels tight when you hold your shoulders
there? Well, if you hold your shoulders there long enough, you might feel
the base of your neck may feel tight
an uncomfortable pulling in your rhomboids (in between
your shoulder blades)
tight contracted feeling in your chest
even discomfort in your rib cage
tension headaches, stiff neck, achy shoulders
I've been incorporating some deliberate moves in my Yoga
classes lately to get an "anti-shrug" happening. Let's work on