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  1. Introduction
    5Sections
  2. PART 1 -- HEAD/NECK/TORSO RELATIONSHIP
    13Sections
  3. PART 2 - ARMS/TORSO RELATIONSHIP
    12Sections
  4. PART 3 - TORSO/LEGS RELATIONSHIP
    12Sections
  5. PART 4 - HIP JOINTS/KNEES/ANKLES RELATIONSHIP
    10Sections
  6. PART 5 - BODY RELATIONSHIP TO FEET
    10Sections
  7. Conclusion
    3Sections
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Cécile Raynor November 23, 2021
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Although you may forget about your neck and misuse it until it feels too tense or it hurts, your neck is a crucial part of your body. It reveals how you use the rest of your body and it affects the functioning of your whole body in return.

Some of its attributes may be common sense for you, while others may come across as new insights to pay attention to. 

Here are relevant facts regarding your neck:

  • It is an integral part of your spine, not separate
  • It connects your head to the rest of your body
  • It is a pathway for air, water, food, and nerves 
  • It is mostly made of bones, muscles, and flesh

As a result:

  • Start your head motion from higher up, on the back of your skull so as to not overload your neck muscles with more work than it is designed to do
  • Avoid craning your neck forward as in “text-neck” to support the quality of your breath, voice, and nervous system while promoting good posture
  • Beware that wearing glasses can affect your neck health because of neck compression forward or backward
  • Beware that trying to keep your chin up compresses the back of your neck, it does not mean that you get taller
  • Allow your spine to soften into expansion so that your head and tail bone can naturally release away from each other when upright 
  • Do this even in a yoga pose requiring a curving of the spine to prevent compression of the back of your neck or overarching in your mid-back

Reminder
Explore what it means to be in a state of skeletal expansion while allowing your muscles to be free of excess tension. You do not need to tense or hold your muscles to position yourself into “correct alignment”.

This is what is unique about the natural way to be in your body. 

As you will discover, good posture is not something you work at. It is an expression of a body used in an integrated way.

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