Protect Your Neck in Overhead Exercises

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As Shari Berkowitz explains you might be unknowingly flattening out your neck when you do hips overhead exercises and potentially damaging the ligaments and joints in your neck. Learn her two simple tricks to protect your neck when your pelvis goes up and your neck will get stronger and remain healthy! Visit Shari for teacher training, workshops and lessons at The Vertical Workshop. Our thanks to Shari’s student Roccio Cárceles and The Contrology Cohort in New York City where this was filmed.

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  1. Author
    Shari Berkowitz 3 weeks ago

    Hi, Kelli,
    Absolutely! That’s why Shoulder Stand is a tricky exercise! So many “overhead” exercises are tricky for people. Not to accomplish, but to feel good/strong during and then comfortable after.
    Thank you!
    Reach out with any queries:
    – Shari

  2. mariesoule 3 weeks ago

    Wow, this was great! Such common sense. Thank you Shari!

  3. ekwok
    ekwok 3 weeks ago

    Thanks Shari, I really enjoyed your tips on protecting the neck when the pelvis goes up. It’s so easy to not think about it! Best, Elaine

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      Shari Berkowitz 3 weeks ago

      It’s remarkably easy to not think about it…mostly because teachers are not taught to be concerned about this! So…we must cue it strongly and repetitively! Hips Up? Then chin up and shoulders back!!

      Thank you, Elaine!!
      Let’s cue and do this!!
      – Shari

  4. Hilary 3 weeks ago

    Informative and good food for thought.

  5. Shari, thank you so much for those tips! That explains so much! I can’t wait to use those cues with my next client!!!

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      Shari Berkowitz 3 weeks ago

      Hi, Laura!
      I’m so glad you checked this out and that it explains what you seek! Hooray! Enjoy using these cues!
      Give a holler when you need/want!
      – Shari

  6. dalirae 3 weeks ago

    Super interesting body mechanics when pelvis goes up. This is why I never like shoulder stand in yoga. thanks, Kelli

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