Staying with WHAT IS – Day 27

Suffering from excruciating neck pain since yesterday morning.

Have tried to stretch it, massage it with tiger balm, did several relaxing and releasing exercises throughout the day but nothing worked.

So painful!

Neck pain can be caused by many different factors I guess now I am trying to find out the one true for me.

One of the possible reason can be that my throat chakra (Vishuddha) is blocked. If I don’t express myself appropriately the balance between myself and the outside world is disturbed.

The throat chakra further correlates with the arms, neck and mouth. So no wonder my left shoulder feels tense as well.

SAHAJA YOGA suggests to place our hand over the painful area during meditation and either reaffirm ‘Mother I am not guilty’ 16 times, or try to massage the area with oil.

According to Michael Reed Gach, Ph.D (who has successfully integrated yoga and acupressure to an effective self-healing system), names the neck as the first area where any sort of stress will manifest. That trails back to our ancient survival mechanism the “fight-or flight response” where the neck becomes tense to protect the head and the exposed blood vessels on the neck (Reed & Marco, 1988).

The neck is the link between mind and body.So if there are conflicting messages and demands between mind and body, tension in the neck is likely to arise.

That doesn’t come as a surprise as many meridians travel through the neck area. Therefore stiffness in the neck can also cause a sore throat or swollen glands. The following meridians and their associated emotions and organs can be found in the neck area:

  • Large Intestine Meridian / Lungs (grief)
  • Triple Warmer Meridian / Pericardium (joy)
  • Gall Bladder Meridian (anger)
  • Bladder Meridian / Kidneys (fear)

Yoga poses that help with neck pain:


Gach, Michael Reed, with Carolyn Marco. Acu-Yoga: Self-Help Techniques to Relieve Tension. New York: Japan Publications, Inc., 1998.

What I am grateful for today:

  • The sunshine
  • My morning practice
  • Being able to write my Blog

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