Neck & shoulder exercises hold each pose for min. 5 deep breaths / If you feel discomfort or any pain, back off the pose immediately. If you're experiencing serious neck pain, consult a physician. For minor kinks and cricks, try these yoga for neck pain poses to relieve muscle tension. Upper back and neck tension complaints are becoming more prevalent in physical therapy offices. Here are exercises to help you stand tall and pain-free. Try this workout and see how effective it is for you!