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Product Details

  • Paperback: 184 pages
  • Publisher: New Harbinger Publications; 1 edition (May 1, 2010)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1572247126
  • ISBN-13: 978-1572247123
  • Product Dimensions: 9 x 6 x 0.5 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 8.8 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (20 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #327,135 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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"In this wonderful, easy-to-read-and-use book, Carol Krucoff has gracefully and intelligently integrated several important healing traditions in order to bring relief to those suffering from neck and shoulder pain and the pain of stress. I recommend it enthusiastically as a friendly vehicle anyone can use to explore and experience the amazing power and healing potential of these human bodies."
—Jeffrey Brantley, MD, director of the Mindfulness-Based Stress Reduction Program at Duke Integrative Medicine, and coauthor of Five Good Minutes® in Your Body



"Unlike modern medicine, which often does little more than suppress the symptoms of neck problems with painkillers, yoga can get at the root causes of pain. In this wonderful book, Krucoff demonstrates safe, gentle, and effective strategies to lessen neck and shoulder discomfort. Be careful, though—yoga’s side effects include peace of mind, improved mood, and better sleep. You could get hooked!"
—Timothy McCall, MD, medical editor of Yoga Journal and author of Yoga as Medicine



"What a gift Krucoff has given us! These practices guide us in both postural and emotional healing of the neck and shoulders by allowing the energy to flow freely, uniting head to body and head to heart. This brings about a sense of balance and ease, reminding us of our joyful nature."
—Nischala Joy Devi, author The Healing Path of Yoga and The Secret Power of Yoga

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In Healing Yoga for Neck and Shoulder Pain, Duke Integrative Medicine yoga therapist and personal trainer Carol Krucoff offers readers effective yoga stretches, postures, and mind-body techniques for eliminating neck and shoulder pain and tension.

More About the Author

Carol Krucoff, E-RYT, is a yoga therapist, fitness expert and author. As a yoga therapist at Duke Integrative Medicine - part of the Duke University Health System in Durham, North Carolina -- she creates individualized yoga practices for people with health challenges. She also co-directs the Therapeutic Yoga for Seniors teacher training, designed to help yoga instructors work safely and effectively with older adults.

Carol's newest book is "Yoga Sparks: 108 Easy Practices for Stress Relief in a Minute or Less." She is also author of "Healing Yoga for Neck and Shoulder Pain" and co-author, with her Duke University cardiologist husband, Mitchell Krucoff, MD, of "Healing Moves: How to Cure, Relieve and Prevent Common Ailments with Exercise." She is creator of the audio home practice CD, "Healing Moves Yoga" and co-creator of the DVD "Relax into Yoga."

An award-winning journalist, Carol served as founding editor of the Health Section of The Washington Post, where her syndicated column, Bodyworks, ran for 12 years. She is a frequent contributor to Yoga Journal, and her articles have appeared in numerous national publications including The New York Times, Reader's Digest, The Los Angeles Times, SELF, and Glamour.

Carol is an experienced registered yoga teacher with the Yoga Alliance and is certified as a personal trainer by the American Council on Exercise. She is a member of the International Association of Yoga Therapists and serves on the peer review board for the International Journal of Yoga Therapy. In addition to practicing yoga for more than 30 years, Carol spent a decade studying martial arts. As a second-degree black belt in karate and Sensei, she taught martial arts for four years. Visit her online at www.healingmoves.com.

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The text is clear and concise, and the illustrations are quite well done.
Kathryn M. Rhodes
Carol does a great job teaching and motivating people of all fitness levels to engage in yoga practices for their health.
Debbie Pinjuv
I bought this book to see if I could do more for myself to help with chronic pain in my neck and back.
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Most Helpful Customer Reviews

18 of 18 people found the following review helpful By doctor_beth #1 HALL OF FAMETOP 50 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on October 5, 2010
Format: Paperback
I have chronic tightness in my upper back, neck, and shoulders. I am well aware that yoga can be a helpful form of self-care, and in fact I practice yoga at home regularly several times a week. However, I thought that this book might provide me with some new information.

Author Carol Krucoff, a yoga therapist, asserts that yoga can help address pain on several levels: physical, psychological, and energetic. She acknowledges that neck pain is common, but rather than view neck pain as a disease, she suggests that is a phenomenon which can be controlled. Krucoff maintains that yoga offers healing through the practice of postures, breathing exercises, mindfulness, and meditation. Before getting into the actual yogic practices, Krucoff provides some basic anatomical information. She includes several different types of postural self-tests, from checking to make sure you aren't holding your head too far forward to performing a body scan awareness exercise to reviewing standing alignment.

The information on the actual practice of yoga begins about halfway through the book. Krucoff presents simple, basic postures, starting with breath awareness, body scan, and deep abdominal breathing. From there she introduces easy neck release and neck stretch poses, gradually moving the stretches into the upper back/shoulders as well as the lower back. She incorporates some postures focused on strength and balance, such as tree pose, and others designed more to stretch and strengthen (these fall under two categories: those for the neck and shoulders, which are performed seated in a chair, and those to target the back, which are performed lying face down). Modifications are offered for many of the poses, all of which are illustrated with straightforward line drawings.
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19 of 21 people found the following review helpful By Bry Walker on August 24, 2010
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I was very disappointed with this book.
I was hoping for some specific exercises for neck
and shoulder problems. Instead its just a basic routine,
do them all but if something hurts dont do it.
Thats not what I bought the book for.
It gives lip service to the anatomy of the shoulder.
The little it says seems pasted in from some
other source and its never referred to at all.
No interest is shown in the clavicles (collar bones) and very little
mention even given to the scapulae (shoulder blades).
Way too much time is spent on relaxation, breathing,
and meditation.
Any old yoga book that you have lying around will
do as well or better than this book.
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10 of 11 people found the following review helpful By Matthew J. Taylor on May 1, 2010
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Krucoff has put together a clear, no-nonsense guide for how Yoga and awareness can ease neck and shoulder pain. This isn't just another asana book. The reader will gain new perspectives on what produces neck pain, how to ease it and most importantly how to prevent future episodes. As rich in "off-the-mat" Yoga as it is in presentation of classical asana and their adaptations. A must have for every home and business office!
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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful By Debbie Pinjuv on May 26, 2010
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I thoroughly enjoyed reading Healing Yoga for Neck and Shoulder Pain. The book is easy to read and provides lots of information on the healing power of using yoga practices in everyday life. The exercises I have learned from the book are invaluable to me, since I work at a computer for many hours a day. I work with people who have health challenges at our non-profit organization, which promotes exercise as a preventive and therapeutic tool for patients. Carol Krucoff's book sends an important message to many people who believe that yoga is simply an exercise for the fit and flexible. One of my favorite lines in her book is, "Yoga is not a one size fits all endeavor." Carol does a great job teaching and motivating people of all fitness levels to engage in yoga practices for their health.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Seth Ammerman, M.D. on July 13, 2010
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The subtitle of this book sums up what can be accomplished: easy, effective practices for releasing tension and relieving pain. The book provides 38 specific practices, divided into 6 areas (Centering and Breathing, Whole Body Stretch, Standing Poses, Neck and Shoulder Poses, Back-Bending Poses, and Deep Relaxation) to aid in healing. As a novice yoga practitioner, I have found the practice instructions easy to follow. Depending upon how much time I have, I may perform more or less of the practices, but I have found that even a few minutes of practice can be helpful. For anyone interested in trying out yoga to help with neck and shoulder pain, this is a book for you.
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Healing Yoga for Neck & Shoulder Pain: Easy, Effective Practices for Releasing Tension & Relieving Pain provides readers with simple, yoga-based practices that can be done at home and work to relieve muscle tension. It's a unique self-care program developed by the author herself, so is not to be found in competing collections. Health and general collections where yoga and workplace health are of interest will relish this title.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Cate Grace on August 8, 2010
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Krucoff's clear, easy-to-follow instructions taught me to release the tension and mitigate the pain that often result from a long automobile commute to a job where I sit at a desk and work at a computer most of the day. Thank you!
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By karpeydieme on July 9, 2010
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Krucoff has done it again! (Healing Moves, 2000). Her second book brings a narrower focus onto the power of yoga philosophy, mindfulness, and simple yoga poses for the healing of upper body, particularly neck and shoulder pain. Her journey starts with the basics of anatomy and the understanding of stress and the mind/body/emotional connections that can cause chronic pain. Her language and style gently and easily draw you into the understanding of "East meets West" healing practices that can have a major impact on improving your quality of life, increasing movement, flexibility, strength, and ease into the upper body. This is one of the best and easiest to understand books that I have read on integrating yoga into our busy, stressful lives. The poses are well illustrated and many are done in a seated position for those who find it challenging to get down on the floor. What a nice introduction to a different way of looking at Life and dealing with the root causes of neck and shoulder pain, rather than just popping a pill.
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