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Neck and Back Pain- Exercise, Stretching and Yoga…Cures!!?? November 24, 2017

During a recent conversation with a friend we discussed her headache and neck issues. The focus was on non-medical efforts to relieve her pain and prevent it in the future. The pain always started in or near the neck and her jaw.

We discussed a few stretches and exercises and discussed yoga. I looked for a couple of  articles that would describe moves/poses that can provide comfort to painful neck and head.

The following are some goodbasic moves/poses for the body and specifically the neck.





These are a bit more broad brush. Effective for the body and ultimately for the neck.







YOGA for RUNNERS – Flexibility, Balance, Breath July 19, 2014


As an athlete for most of my life- even before I joined little league I was part monkey, part circus performer and luckily made of rubber as I felt out of trees- off bicycles – and got up and did it again the next day. Organized sports arrived with LL baseball at 6 and I was at the plate , in the on deck circle or practicing for the next 45 years. One thing I learned was the value of proper warm and flexibility. With this I learned to stretch, how to stretch and what to stretch.

This flexibility and work ethic to remain flexible has limited the injuries I have sustained and prevented those that were unavoidable from being catastrophic.

I read many books on stretching and watched a few movies and videos (remember them)- now I can go to you tube or others and see any kind of stretching or exercise.

I later attended a yoga class ( at age 44) and realized that many of the stretches I practice are adapted from or are actual yoga “asanas” .

Poses– A sampling of poses that can and will be helpful for any and every runner. These are especially helpful for the “fun-runner” that hits the road 3-5 days a week and jumps in the occasional 5k/10k and maybe even a marathon BUT also works 40-50 hours and needs some help relaxing and recoveri ng from the workout and work.



               Some Yoga in video form-

                           Why do Yoga?




Yoga for Balance, Core and Breathing Guidance. January 20, 2014

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Yoga for Balance, Core and Breathing Guidance.

I have been a fan and and active stretcher all throughout my athletic career and it has been no different when I became a runner. I find that maintaining supple but strong muscles  my joints don’t get abused when I run several miles.

Since I hit the ground 1600-1800 times each mile- my muscles will need to provide the majority of the cushioning necessary for continue participation. My football days included several knee injuries and an ankle injury. My 25+ year running career has been basically injury free. The runs I have missed were because of injuries elsewhere in life but not on the road.

The links included have some good summary info for ayone interested in yoga, core and flexibility.

In any way it is recommended that you mix it up. more than 95% of us will not be winning the races so quit “training” and have fun and be pain-free.

* 5 basic yoga poses- good start and work from these.


*These moves will give strength and stability.