Releasing Neck and Shoulder Tension Video
Releasing Neck and Shoulder Tension

Sign Up NowWatch the full video - and many others - now with your Gaiam TV subscription!

Releasing Neck and Shoulder Tension

Available worldwide

This class with Jane Ellison is great for relieving neck and shoulder tension and help with identifying and working with the habitual holding patterns that are the underlying cause.


People who watched this also watched

Join the Conversation

Login or sign upsign up to add a comment

candace.pawlak, posted on July 16, 2016

In the last year I've had lower back issues and neck (bulging disc, herniated disc, Degenerative disc disease etc). Atm I take no meds, except an occasional when I've pushed myself too much. My first choice is to reach for yoga poses, not meds (if possible). I stumbled across this video and it is wonderful. Thank you very much, this video feels good to do. I will be using this often. :)

janeellison, posted on July 16, 2016

Candace, I'm very happy to know this is helpful. So much of healing and getting relief is about giving yourself kind and gentle attention. Thanks for your comment.

amyoga74, posted on May 18, 2016

I knew my neck was getting jammed up but this gave me insight into how tense I am...may need to visit the chiropractor too! Darn computer work! Namaste.

lilalila1972, posted on March 4, 2016

Moneeeq, posted on December 14, 2015

I've been using Jane's Runner's Cool Down video for some time now and can't get over how much quicker my body recovers rather than tightening up after runs. Fortunately for me I just discovered another of Jane's videos of the same short length (which means it's easy for me to fit into my day no matter how busy). I hold so much tension in my neck and shoulders and this short video is a real gift in helping me nurture this part of my body.

Thanks again Jane!

janeellison, posted on December 15, 2015

Moneeeq, I'm so happy to now you're finding them useful and continuing to do them! Thanks for letting us know.

EeeGee, posted on August 20, 2015

Such a perfectly effective way to release tension in the upper body and bring a sense of ease to the neck. Whether I'm sore from exercising, or knotted up from stress, this class brings immediate relief. The next best thing to a professional massage! Thank you, Jane

taragros7, posted on June 21, 2015

This video is so in tune with what the head, neck and shoulders want to do naturally. I feel fantastic!

calmarsh, posted on March 1, 2015

My neck is always so tight - loved this - will repeat often - thank you.

NCMichael, posted on February 27, 2015

Jane, I keep coming back to this video everytime my neck seizes and it does magic - again and again. THANK YOU!!!!! Natalie

EZwellnessLM, posted on January 21, 2015

This was such a creative, fresh way to open the neck and shoulders. It brings great material to my tired moves to my students. Thank you Jane.

christineb_2, posted on October 8, 2014

Just a lovely way to release and rejuvenate! Namaste.

ciannait, posted on August 12, 2014

after 15 years of no yoga, and an increasingly tight neck and shoulders this is my gift to myself. Wonderful, so wonderful. Brought tears to my eyes. Thank you!

janeellison, posted on May 22, 2014

@eeegee, so glad to hear this!

EeeGee, posted on May 22, 2014

Wow - very effective, gentle practice to relieve neck and shoulder pain! I feel so relaxed and the kink in my neck is all but gone. Thank you!

adare2yoga, posted on March 7, 2014

Again ..... this was short and sooooo effective ~ ~ Thank You!!!!!

janeellison, posted on March 7, 2014

@mtbchik, so glad it's helpful!

mtbchik, posted on March 7, 2014

Thank you! I have been in serious pain for the last several days wrapping from shoulder to neck to ribs. I can breathe again.

janeellison, posted on January 17, 2014

@adare2yoga , Emaho!

adare2yoga, posted on January 16, 2014

Sooooo wonderful, the headache floated away ... Mahalo!

RubyDiamond, posted on November 24, 2013

I keep on coming back to you for more for you're the best Jane. Thank you!

veda, posted on November 10, 2013

I'm baaackkkk! This is definately a go-to video! I finished my morning yoga practice and ended with your video as it provides an additional much needed release that is warming, delightful and will follow me throughout the day! As your advice states, keep these releases in your mind to come back to! Since the first time I found your video, I have done that, turning to those poses while at work and home --pause and come home, so true, Jane! Thank you!

sunnylion, posted on October 25, 2013

Wow, my shoulders, neck and back feel so revitalized and warm after a full day of studying at a desk. Such a blessing. Thank you for sharing, Jane.

MsMego, posted on September 25, 2013

Great session. Thanks Jane!

janeellison, posted on July 14, 2013

thanks for your response. It's gratifying to know this way of working is helpful. So simple: to pause and come home, but not always easy.

veda, posted on July 13, 2013

I came to this after another great practice, yet having had shoulder pain past two days I hadn't felt quite enough release. Your peaceful, focused instruction showed me that there was more to my pain than in my shoulder and helped tremendously create a pleasant surrender of the entire muscular area. Thank you, I will do as you said at the end of the practice and take this throughout my day, stopping to allow my muscles and spine to relax and stretch as I know it is something I am doing to myself, creating this tense discomfort...thank you for a wonderful reminder to be kind to our bodies and keep in touch with ourselves!

Mrappa1128, posted on June 3, 2013

Hi Jane, Wonderful short session from a chronic migraine sufferer yogini.
Maureen from Montreal

christineb_2, posted on June 2, 2013

What a great release! I think healthy touch is so important. I really enjoyed releasing the tension through use of my hands. It helps me to fully connect! Namaste!

janeellison, posted on March 5, 2013

Hi Eva,
I'm so happy to read this and know this work is useful. And lots of credit to you for your perseverance in learning to work with chronic pain and being able to release---sometimes not easy to do!

eva222, posted on March 5, 2013

Hi Jane,
I wanted to thank you because I return to this video all the time to help with chronic TMJ, neck and shoulder pain. I could do it by heart by now, but your soothing voice and perfect pacing make it blissful! I feel much better afterward and it has helped me a lot overall. When my jaw hurts and I am away or busy I use the imagery you suggest (dropping into warm water) and it really helps release clenching. I love all of your videos! Thanks again!
Namaste :)

janeellison, posted on February 26, 2013

@SuperChop, I'm always happy to hear that a class has been helpful, and that someone is willing to explore off the map.

SuperChop, posted on February 22, 2013

Wow, this video was just what I needed to relieve my friday tension. I can feel the opening deep in unchartered territory. Thank you for your work!

janeellison, posted on October 30, 2012

Geri, thanks for your feedback. Ironically enough on a video site, I do try to narrate so that you don't have to watch but can embody the instructions through your own experience. So glad it works for you!, posted on October 30, 2012

thank you so much for this! I LOVED IT! this was the best instruction on this site. I hadn't done this class before, but was able to do it with my eyes closed, that's how well you gave direction..THANKS!

Cyndrz, posted on August 11, 2012

Good workout for shoulders.

dstasko, posted on August 29, 2012

My jaw was hurting for the past week and I couldn't close it properly due to TMJ. I did this video last night and this morning I could close it and the pain was way down!

ShawnaTurner, posted on May 29, 2012

Wonderful! I woke up with a stiff neck a few days ago and have had very limited movement. This definitely helped! Thank you!

janeellison, posted on April 2, 2012

p.s. krayola, I'm talking about doing this while lying on your back.

janeellison, posted on April 2, 2012

Dear Krayolablue, you are not alone in holding your neck and head! It's one of the places we most often store tension and become habituated to holding. Awareness is the first step in learning to let go. I'd suggest spending some time just cradling your head in your hands, elbows hugging your temples, and letting your head drop into your arms. Then very gradually giving it a little turn, then letting the weight pour into your hands again. The more you get used to being able to feel when you're working, the more you'll able to release the effort. And be sure to breathe!
Thanks for asking about this---it's so worth learning to let go!

Krayolablue91, posted on April 1, 2012

I must be really tense and tight (well yeah, I know I am) becuase it was really difficult for me to do these. It was hard to tell it i was moving my neck with my arms or with my neck muscles! Especailly when I was lifting my head or putting it side to side it was hard to tell! I think when I did do it right my motions were really small, perhaps becuase my neck is so tight?

janeellison, posted on February 14, 2012

Ella, glad you found me! Drop in to class in Vancouver when you're over,

EilaDevi, posted on February 14, 2012

Jane! It's so so great to practice your insightful and intuitive movements again. I have missed you! Thank you for being on line! Your work helps me find a freedom that was there all along. Much love from Victoria. Eila

mhk, posted on January 25, 2012

Wow...that was exceptional! I feel so much better. Thank you!

janeellison, posted on September 25, 2011

Hi mrenkow,
Yes, sometimes the tension does shift until we have moved it through the whole body. Someone below commented that this video has been useful in combination with another from me, "Lower back care and support" , so maybe try it next.

mrenkow, posted on September 25, 2011

This class did release my neck tension slightly; however I feel like the tension simply shifted down to my lower spine.....

NCMichael, posted on September 25, 2011

I love this video! My neck was stuck this morning and now I can move it!

jan1965, posted on August 21, 2011

looking forward to a good nights sleep and hopefully things will be feeling better in the morning.

janeellison, posted on June 19, 2011

Dell, and others who this has helped,
I am very happy to know its useful. Thanks for letting us know

Dell, posted on June 19, 2011

I've had chronic back pain for a while now, mainly holding tension and of course computers. Combining this and Jane's "Lower Back Care and Core Support" have released my back, neck and shoulders and finally I"m feeling so free I'm dancing all over the place. I was waking in the middle of the night with pain that brought tears to my eyes. I have tried other yoga on here to mild forms of help, but these two sessions are gentle enough to not hurt and powerful enough to work brilliantly. Words cannot express how much you have helped me Jane. Thank you!

filmmonkey, posted on June 2, 2011

Very nice and just what I needed. I guess I slept funny last night because it feels like I've had a fork stuck in my neck all day. This helped a lot.

More From Gaia

Password is case sensitive.