on August 12, 2014in Toilet Yoga, Yogatags: allergies, easy yoga, neck exercises, neck pain, neck stretches, simple yoga, simple yoga exercises for neck pain, sinus pain, toilet yoga, yogawith No Comments
Seated Yoga Guidelines
Remember toilet yoga can be done anytime you are sitting down, whether on the couch or in a chair, or especially when traveling in a car, bus, or airplane.
Be gentle on your body! Start slowly and gently, and stop if it hurts. It should feel like a good, soft stretch. Being consistent breeds flexibility and results. Pushing yourself too hard only brings injuries!
Always consult your doctor before starting any new exercise program. Falling off the toilet and hitting your head can be life-threatening, so if you think you can’t do the pose or you might lose your balance, please don’t try the pose, or ask for help from a friend that doesn’t mind the smell.
I did a complete video on these neck stretches many years ago when I had hair, but it’s such a great stretch and I love doing them on the toilet! They add to the ecstatic relaxation of a smooth bowel movement! So let’s learn it again, but this time, on the toilet!
Neck stretches are so important for overall health. Yes, they help to stretch and strengthen the neck (cervical spine), but remember that nerves coming out of your “c-spine” are feeding information to your head (headaches), sinuses (sinus pain, allergies), eyes, nose, teeth, tongue, mouth, vocal chords, thyroid gland… ! Seriously? Yes, seriously!
So do your neck stretches! Your sitting on the toilet anyway, might as well get 2 for 1!
Toilet Yoga: Neck Stretches
- Bend your neck forward, moving the chin toward the chest. Be gentle, not forceful. Now bring your head back to look up to the sky. If it hurts or make you dizzy, just stop! If it is slightly uncomfortable, don’t go as far, just be very gentle. It’s not about going nuts the first time; it’s about being gentle and consistent. Consistency brings results. Brute force brings injuries! Go forward and back counting to 12.
- Touch ear to shoulder, side to side, also counting to 12. Be gentle!
- Twist and look over your shoulder, counting to 12. Gently.
- Now, let your head fall forward, and very slowly and gently roll your head in a big circle, all around, feeling the stretch deeply moving all around your neck. Do this 3 times in each direction.
Be sure and breathe deeply and slowly throughout.
If you want to drain your sinuses, be sure and watch when you are rolling your neck, when you get to the side and a little bit back, you will feel that open up the drainage from your middle ear. This is also excellent for kids with allergies and/or frequent ear infections.
Another way to enjoy toilet time!
Breathe deeply and slowly throughout, as I explain here.
Peace and blessings,
P.S. Alright! It may seem silly, but toilet yoga really works! Just do 1 pose for 1 minute every time you sit on the toilet. The easiest one or the one you like the most. You’re sitting there anyway! 😉
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