Anusara for Head, Neck, and-Shoulders Video
Anusara for Head, Neck, and-Shoulders

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Anusara for Head, Neck, and-Shoulders

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Learn to apply Anusara's alignment principles with Ashleigh Sergeant, to free yourself from pain and stiffness in the shoulders, neck and head. Most neck issues are rooted in poor shoulder alignment. This poor alignment causes fatigue in the shoulders, aching in the neck and often times terrible headaches. By understanding your body's natural desire for proper alignment, and how to return it there, you can heal and strengthen these ailing parts all by yourself! This practice is for all levels. You will be guided step-by-step from common misalignments to precise proper alignment for freedom and expansion. Use it as part of your regular routine!


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B-health, posted on August 10, 2016

Ashleigh, time and again, does for me what even a good physical therapist can not do!! In addition, her beautiful support for inner healing, light and body knowing, is priceless. In addition, I am healing, both body and soul from a nearly devastating illness that has instead become my best teacher and Ashleigh heightens that experience for me.
I am so fortunate to have access to her an Gaiam at a price I can afford. Thank you Ashleigh and thank you Gaiam.

Brin, posted on May 24, 2016

Thank-you Ashleigh for this awareness of the body's potential to heal. I have struggled with back issues my whole life and now shoulder and neck issues are creeping in. Thank-you for the reminder to listen to these signals and correct the root issues rather than over-stretching.

Alicia3733, posted on April 10, 2016

thank you for sharing this practice and the alignment principles. I have been and will continue to do this practice and many of Ashleigh's other ones on a daily basis. It has transformed my understanding of and relationship with my self greatly. I continue to help my body heal and am grateful to be able to experience this freedom.

maggie.preston, posted on December 12, 2015

different way for accessing tension release in the upper back and neck. I wish some of the poses were demo'd once first- I had to lift my neck in uncomfortable ways during a couple poses to see what she was doing...which can defeat the purpose!
Will try more of Ashleighs videos!

karla_olmos, posted on November 19, 2015

Just what I needed today Ashleigh. Thank you.

camgirlla, posted on July 23, 2015

I really enjoy your teaching style Ashleigh. I am interested in becoming a yoga therapy teacher, and these alignment principles you teach to heal our own bodies is what interests me the most, not so much about achieving harder strengthening, or twisting or inversion poses. Thank you for sharing your therapeutic, healing principles. I suffer from chronic neck/ shoulder pains and this type of work definitely helps relieve some of the pain. I just need to make these postures more habitual and be mindful of my postures.

deema, posted on April 26, 2015

I have stiff shoulders and neck from cervical spine discs and this really felt so good and that my shoulders are more free. Love it

Myra, posted on January 25, 2015

I've injured myself by hardening in my yoga practice over the years and Ashleigh's detailed, slow instructions have helped me find the alignment that is necessary for me to move through that hardening into a practice that is a true expression of my spirit. Thank you!

ashleighsergeant, posted on January 31, 2015

this comment totally warms my heart! what a beautiful stage on our spiritual path when we release the hardening and our practice becomes an expression of spirit. Amazing, thank you for sharing!

Desertflower, posted on November 22, 2014

Thank you so much for this. I have tried everything except surgery. I have had several injuries & work at the computer all day. This was absolutely amazing. I have done yoga but saw real results from this practice the first time & it will be part of my daily practice. Namaste.

ashleighsergeant, posted on January 31, 2015

@desertflower wow this is incredible! I am so happy to hear this practice is giving you relief so quickly. Please let me know if I can support you in any other way! So awesome!

KeithA@GTV, posted on November 24, 2014

@Desertflower - Comments like these make what we do here feel worthwhile, so thank you, and truly happy you've found something to help you feel better in your skin.

haha2x, posted on October 2, 2014

wow Ashleigh! As somebody who had surgery for scoliosis, I thought that this was quite challenging. I have been sitting hunched in front of a computer a lot recently and was looking for an easy practice to help me feel better in my neck and shoulders. Must say I did not enjoy doing the practice - so much of it is counterintuitive and I always have to test out poses, notice how they make me feel etc. before I can understand and relax into them and embrace them. Especially the static ones. But my shoulders and neck feel so much better right. Magic!

diamondgirl, posted on September 23, 2014

Thank you Ashleigh, I learned so much. As a fiddler/accordion player, my poor shoulders get a lot of use. Not only does this sequence feel good, it will help my musicianship too. I love all your videos, and appreciate your good work. <3

gurl, posted on May 1, 2014

omg... thank you

ashleighsergeant, posted on January 31, 2015

you're SO welcome!

moorej93, posted on March 15, 2014

I regularly get a lot of tightness/pain in my shoulders and neck that can trigger migraines or headaches that can last for days. I've seen doctors, taken meds, changed my diet and have tried other exercises to make them stop and nothing had been that successful until I tried this. I don't know what it is about this practice, it seems so simple, but it makes that tightness go away every time I do it. I know this sounds dramatic but this is life changing for me not to have to put up with these awful headaches. Thank you so much!

rmtgirl, posted on March 11, 2014

Beautiful a massage therapist, my shoulders and neck tend to be sore often. Your series of Anusara videos have become a staple in my regular yoga practice. Thank you!!!

B-health, posted on March 8, 2014

Thank you a million times over!! You are so brilliant and compassionate. This is yet another one of your classes that literally left me pain free in my shoulder and neck. Amazing. I spent the entire day looking for something I could do to release and realign...and once again it is you! Thank you. Love and Peace.

fireflyally7, posted on March 4, 2014

Amazing session! Thank you! I spend most of my day drawing so my shoulders and neck are big problem areas for me. I can tell this practice will become a very helpful part of my routine.

coach5721, posted on January 4, 2014

Thanks Ashleigh - I hurt my shoulder over the holidays and this practice actually caused tingling feelings in some of the poses. I'll do it several times a week until I feel better.

KateLisa, posted on October 6, 2013

It was quite a good practise, a lot of talking.....felt ease as have been having some very sore shoulder pain.

Gbear07, posted on August 13, 2013

I have been blessed to find you and your informative videos. I have had lower back issues my entire adult life and really got a lot out of your back videos. I have recently had a flare-up of rotator cuff tendonitis which I have experienced before. Could you explain to me how to properly execute downward dog so this does not become an issue? I have heard and read many adjustments that need to be made with this posture and have still found myself with the rotator cuff problems. I have found tonight if I point the inner elbow forward instead of toward each other I can move my shoulders into a more comfortable position. Where should by elbows be in the pose? I always hear where my shoulders, hands, feet and sit bones should be in the pose, but never what I should be doing with my elbows and I think that is my problem. Any help would be greatly appreciated! Thanks, Ashleigh for your informative practices.

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hannahmg, posted on April 24, 2013

That was great! Just what I've been looking for, thank you so much!

ninazhang, posted on April 7, 2013

Hello Ashleigh,
Thank you for the detailed alignment instruction practice. I have watched most of your videos and really feel all of your alignment instructions are so valuable for my future practice.
I have two questions :
1) Downward dog: in the video you were saying to lengthen from the hips to the shoulders , and my understanding is that the direction of your action is rather upwards lengthening from hips to the shoulders rather than most of the instructions who instruct to push the shoulders backwards to the hips? I found even the downward dog is the most basic pose but it is so difficult to find the right alignment especially for the shoulders. I would be very appreciative if you could give me some instructions regarding the correct shoulder placement.

2) For the neck , in this video for most of the posture you were saying the chin is being held up so the throat is open. But in Pilates the chin is usually being held slightly tucked in so the neck is long. I have some neck problems especially the back of my neck , do you think what would be good for my neck - to keep the natural curve of the neck or tuck my chin slight in to keep it long?

Thank you in advance for your suggestions.

yogawithdelana, posted on February 9, 2013

A very slow practice with a lot of time between poses for explanation or unnecessary (in my opinion) rest. I appreciated the well articulated descriptions, but would have liked to learn a few more movements than were given. I didn't find this practice quite as powerful or transformative as Ashleigh's therapeutics practice for the low back, which I highly recommend.

jenna.skeete, posted on February 8, 2013

Easy but very effective!

supersonny, posted on February 1, 2013

I have had neck and shoulder pain for the last few days and today i have a headache. Just did this yoga class and am already feeling more fluid and mobile and my headache has subsided. Thank you ashleigh for a great class. Look forward to seeing what other classes you have on offer

ivybinks, posted on December 31, 2012

This is so gentle and yet so effective. I may do this before bed to make sure I am aligned better as I sleep so scrunched I am sure it has hurt my body. You are wonderful Ashleigh. Nance

stefieperk, posted on December 30, 2012

what a great practice for neck and shoulder issues. i have chronic neck/shoulder issues due to a total shoulder replacement. even though i practice yoga every day, these simple alignment techniques and reminders will be so beneficial for me.
it would be great if you would do some more lessons incorporating various basic yoga poses along with the proper neck and shoulder alignment, such as: triangle, warriors, half moon, etc.
thank you ashleigh - namaste. stefanie, bend, or

itchy, posted on December 21, 2012

This felt wonderful. A perfect complement to my personal trainer yesterday.

nswyers, posted on November 25, 2012

Oh my, I have two bone spurs in my neck this made it feel so much better!

lagitana, posted on November 16, 2012

That was amazing...I could feel tingling and energy surging through my neck and shoulders...I want to end everyday with practice....thankyou, thankyou

Sarah8_2, posted on October 22, 2012

Ashleigh, you always amaze me with each of your practises I have done my yoga online. This one follows suit! GREAT instruction! Absolutely loved the knowledge and insight with each pose and the effects in relation to the body, neck, shoulders and spirit. Thank you!!! This was absolutely perfect!!!

Wednesday73, posted on October 13, 2012

Thank you so very much! I will do this regularly. I needed the step-by-step guiding and the slow pace. It brought me great relief. Please note there are many choices on this marvelous website ( beginner, advanced, etc.) if one does not work for you. Namaste

narellebitunjac, posted on September 26, 2012

Well that was amazing. I feel a deep sense of relief. Thank you Ashleigh.

accon, posted on September 23, 2012

Love this. I have chronic back and shoulder pain as well as terrible alignment and just when I'm at a point where I believe nothing is working I find this wonderful video. Added to favourites and will be incorporating this into my regular routine. Thank you!

joabv, posted on September 14, 2012

This class finally gives me hope of a solution to healing more then a decade of sport injuries consequences : shoulder dislocations, upper back sprain, tension headaches, rib schifting. Thank you

bestarlite, posted on September 11, 2012

way too much talking, this particular teacher has rather wordy classes....

mrenkow, posted on September 5, 2012

This class moved way too slow and there was way too much talking.

oarsinsailsup, posted on August 27, 2012

I was looking forward to finding relief and instruction for my neck and shoulder......not being told about my "divine" inner blah blah blah.....there are some of us that want the benefits of yoga without having to listen to the so called "spiritual" stuff. My God is not me......

Babra, posted on August 1, 2012

Thank you. Yesterday I did this practice, then later in the day kept these principles in mind while doing a resistance workout for back/traps and the stretches recommended for shoulder impingement. I slept so well without any pain waking me up for the first time in weeks. And I feel so free in my shoulder/neck today. I will do this regularly.

mahalie, posted on July 24, 2012

Thank you!! This felt amazing and really deep. My neck has a long way to go but I think you've shown me the path. Namaste.

dilandau, posted on July 21, 2012

I've tried this practice this morning for the first time. I have dislocated shoulderblades, chronic pain all over my right shoulder that goes into my chest and also often pain in the area of my upper back. My upper back is totally flat, from the outside it almost looks as if it is bending in instead of out. I had physical therapy for half a year that didn't help at all. I've been practicing Jivamukti Yoga for a year, which I enjoyed a lot, but my shoulder got worse, probably because I couldn't pay enough attention to right alignment during the Vinyasa. That's why I switched to Iyengar recently to work more on precision. However, although I really liked this video and it gave me some really great insight on certain problems, I've been experiencing a very strong headache today since doing this practice. Can that be related and might that be normal in the beginning?

Astjules, posted on July 16, 2012

There are so many fitness videos that do not give appropriate instruction to allow the student to understand what they are doing. Ashleigh provides very clear and detailed explanation to allow the student to understand proper
alignment and the impact of misalignment. This video is exceptionally well done.

slarochelle, posted on July 6, 2012

This was exactly what I was hoping for! Started off with a bad headache, and once I was finished, the headache was gone. I will do this on a regular basis!

camillasrap, posted on June 19, 2012

Loved this....simple, clear instruction...quality teaching!! I shall be doing this one regularly. Many thanks

scottishlel, posted on June 12, 2012

this video wasnt for me I found it incredible boring and slow paced. The instructor seems to focus more on her own voice and talking than actually doing the excercises. Stopped halfway in frustration

betweenthelens, posted on May 29, 2012

I've had physical therapy for shoulder pain and I wear a night guard for TMD. This video is the only thing that has brought me relief in the over two months I've had these afflictions. I can open my mouth and stretch my jaw with minimal (if any) discomfort when I've finished this video. This is the first time I've tried this video so I'm amazed at the quick effectiveness of it and I will continue to use these techniques. Thanks so much, Ashleigh!

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