I like this yoga sequence from jasonyoga.com which opens the hip flexors, quads and shoulders allowing you to move a little more easily into Salamba Sarvangasana (shoulder balance). When you practice shoulder balance it is good to support your shoulders on folded blankets or a similar prop, with the head at a lower level. This helps protect the neck by reducing the amount that it has to flex to achieve the pose. The inversion Sarvangasana keeps the thyroid and para-thyroid glands healthy and as a result promotes metabolism. It also calms the brain and helps relieve stress, mild depression
and stretches the shoulders and neck muscles. A little xmas yoga sequence to try over the Xmas season!