Certain every day actions that require rotation of the head may be taken for granted when feeling healthy. Once neck pain occurs, these everyday actions can feel impossible to achieve. For example, looking over the shoulder to switch lanes while driving or simply laying the head down on a pillow at night can be challenging. In a yoga practice, postures that require shoulder abduction, flexion and extension can be painful or strenuous. Why? Because the levator scapula and upper trapezius muscles of the neck and shoulders assist in these directions of movement in the neck. (Dropping one ear to a shoulder is lateral flexion and head circles is an example of rotation.) If these muscles are pinched, tight, overstretched or misused, the body’s range of motion can be limited.