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katgi2010-07-04 21:32:56 +0000 #1
Hi everyone,

I have a problem which arised recently when doing halasana.It feels like my trapezius has become stiff at its base(neck).I think I can touch sth like a gagglius. I am planning to do an x-ray but I was wondering should I skip on halasana? and do you have any ideas on what poses I should practise to losen up the muscle?
InnerAthlete2010-07-04 21:46:42 +0000 #2
Oh dear. Sorry you're hurt.

What does this sentence mean please "I think I can touch sth like a gagglius".

How are/were you doing Halasana please? It is ill advised to do such a pose on the flat floor (without props) unless one is a very experienced asana practitioner. Doing so often leads to neck malady.

There's simply too much to ask about your pose to assess wthis properly. What is your Sarvangasana like, does your spine move into the body, where are your hands for Halasna, how do you come into the poe. are the toes on the floor or are the feet on a wall, simply too many questions.

If this is merely muscular AND it is only in the Trapezius then it can be complex. The trapezius has upper, midddle, and lower fibers which have different mobilization responsibilities for the scapula. It is the activation of the rhomboids, and the middle and lower fibers of the trapezius that will release the upper trap fibers.

Therefore it is possible to get where you are asking to go (though I do not know if that is also where you NEED to go) by working Gomukhasana, Garudasana, depressing the shoulder blades in Bhujangasana, Tadasana, and Adho Mukha Svanasana etcetera.

However, when asana is done without the proper action then it is possible to exacerbate the tension in the upper fibers of the trapezius. For example improper action in Adho Mukha Svanasana. Without the activation of the serratus then the release of the neck muscles become anatomically problematic.
katgi2010-07-04 22:10:47 +0000 #3
Thank you Inner Athlete,

you gave me a step ahead. I've been practising yoga for twelve years on a daily base. I do halasana with no props and my toes touch easily the ground. Hands are on the floor, no stress at all-it's one of my favourites after all. I guess I injured myself, as I teach and I often have to get out of my asana to help students.

I hope it is in the upper layer and there it must be since I feel sth like a gorge there.

Do you think I can still practise Halasana with a blanket?I have no problem in sarvangasana and sirsasana, though I have quit sirsasana for preventive reasons.

Don't imagine I am in seriouw pain, it is just an ache but in yoga I have learnt to show importance to everything so that's why I am searching it.

Thank you again

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