Healing QA: How Do I Get The Knots Out Of My Neck And Shoulders?

Tue, Sep 30th 2014

Yogi Cameron

2 mins read

Pay attention to your posture and take frequent stretching breaks every 20 or 30 minutes.

Q: I get knots in my shoulders and neck on a daily basis, even though I stretch. What can I do?
A: Many of us often feel stiffness in the body even if, like you, we stretch on a regular basis. A common misconception about tightness in the body is that it is directly informed by the amount of stretching we do or don’t do. While stretching through the practicing of yoga postures absolutely helps to open the body and will help to resolve illness, your tight muscles are likely related to emotions you’re holding onto or even the result of a great deal of stress.

To help to temper and release the presence of negative emotions being held in your body, begin a daily breathing practice every morning. Breathing slower and fuller both as a daily morning practice and throughout the day will lessen the incidence of stress and help you to respond less intensely to adverse situations. Sit up either on the floor or in a chair. Inhale through the nose, and allow the inhalation to first expand the abdomen before the chest begins to expand, and then exhale through the nose as you draw the abdomen in. Inhale for several counts and then exhale for twice as many counts.

Another way to help yourself to open up the body and avoid stiffness is to refrain from eating for the last four or five hours of the day. If you eat during these final hours, you wind up going to bed with food still in your stomach. Since the body mostly shuts down during sleep so that it can rejuvenate itself, the digestive process becomes much weaker. With weaker digestion, the food sits in the GI tract longer and creates greater toxicity that then finds its way throughout the body. When you’ve eaten late at night, you will likely wake up in the morning feeling stiffer and more lethargic. This will add to your problems with your shoulders and neck.


About the Author

Yogi Cameron is a former super model turned Ayurvedic healer and yoga master who uses ancient healing treatments to help people recover from their health issues in Z Living’s TV show Yogi Cameron: A Model Guru. He left the world of high fashion in 1998 to seek the higher path available to all of us. He began his ongoing studies in Ayurveda at Arsha Yoga Vidya Peetam Trust in India under the guidance of his guru Sri Vasudevan after training at the Integral Yoga Institute in New York City and Yogaville of Sri Satchidananda. Since then, Yogi Cameron has worked with individuals throughout the world to provide them with these ancient methods to live healthier, greener, more spiritually-minded lives in accordance with the Ayurvedic and yogic path. Using a combination of treatments, meditation, herbal remedies and diet guidance, Yogi Cameron helps treat specific conditions and set his clients on a path to greater mental, physical, and spiritual health. A primary goal of this path is helping each person find their purpose and practice.

Yogi Cameron has also brought Yoga and meditation to Afghanistan as part of the reintegration program to prepare the country for troop withdrawal in the coming years, and works with young girls rescued from sex trafficking practices in Cambodia in coordination with the Somaly Mam Foundation.

Yogi Cameron has been featured on The Dr. Oz Show, The Ellen DeGeneres Show, The Today Show, Extra and Martha, amongst others. He has also been featured in The New York Times, Men’s Journal, Wall Street Journal, The London Times and ELLE magazine, and is a regular contributor to the Huffington Post and Sharecare, a health portal which is part of Dr. Oz’s outreach program for health and lifestyle experts.

The Guru In You, his first book, was published by HarperCollins in January 2011. His latest book, The ONE Plan (HarperOne January 2013) provides a realistic approach to the Patanjali teachings designed to penetrate one’s entire being to result in a positive transformation of one’s life. Through The ONE Plan, Yogi Cameron translates these complex, intricate teachings into practical daily tasks, routines and systems that can easily be incorporated into everyday life for an improvement in one’s overall physical, mental, and spiritual health.

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