Your pain is the breaking of the shell that encloses your understanding.

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Neck Stretch

Sit up straight and face forward. Make sure that your spine and neck are in a straight line.

Inhale deeply. As you exhale gently bring your chin to your chest, looking down at your sternum. Hold this position and take a few slow, deep breaths. Bring your head up on an inhale. Repeat.

Face forward with your neck and spine in a straight line again.

Inhale, and as you exhale slowly bring your right ear towards your right shoulder. Do not force your ear down to touch your shoulder, just gently stretch your left shoulder and neck while taking a few deep breaths.

Inhale and bring your head back up. Repeat on the left; bring your left ear towards your left shoulder to stretch the neck and right shoulder.


  • Increases flexibility and releases tension in the shoulders and neck
  • Promotes blood flow to the brain and senses
  • Activates the throat chakra, stimulating creativity
  • Tones the neck for a more youthful appearance


Learning to concentrate fully on the state of your body during yoga exercises will help you to stay in tune with your body during labor. Take full account of how each pose changes your state of being.


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