Sternocleidomastoid sternoklidoMAStoid

Sternocleidomastoid Flexing Neck
Action & Awakening

Bilateral contraction: Flexes neck forward and draws chin downward.

Unilateral contraction: Rotates and tilts head to face opposite side.

Closed chain contraction lifts ribcage during respiration.

The sternocleidomastoid contracts, drawing the head forward to the sternum in padmasana. This action lifts the ribcage, accentuating jalandhara bandha.

Lalana ChakraSternocleidomastoid MuscleSternocleidomastoid Muscle Yoga

The lower side sternocleidomastoid contracts in utthita trikonasana, lengthening the upper side sternocleidomastoid and turning the head.

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