Believe it or not, hinge movements translate to the neck. Packing your neck during kettlebell swings allows for a safer and stronger position.
Changing my alignment habits has been the best solution for my chronic neck and shoulder pain. These can help you even if you don't do yoga.
The neck is one part of the body's deep core stabilizing system, and weakness can create problems down the chain.
Try one or all of these simple exercises to alleviate tension from your neck to your hips.
Allow your neck to change from shortened and uncomfortable to lengthened and relaxed as you ease into each position.