Trapezius Muscle Yoga Anatomy

Where Is The Trapezius?



The Trapezuis muscle extends longitudinally from the occipital bone down the cervical to the lower thoracic vertebrae of the spine. It extends laterally to the spine of the scapula therefore aiding in scapulae stabilization and movement. This muscle also aids and supports the arm.

Trapezius Muscle Tear symptoms

Difficulty with overhead activity caused by pain or discomfort in the shoulder area.
Neck pain accompanied with shoulder pain.

What is The Function of the Trapezius

The trapezius muscle is a postural and active movement muscle that is used to tilt and turn the head and neck, shrug, steady ans stabilize the shoulders, and rotate the arms.

Upper Part:  Upward rotation of the scapula, elevation of the scapula

Middle Part: 
Retraction of the scapula

Lower Part:
  Upper rotation of the scapula, depression of the scapula

Where is the Origin and Insertion of the Trapezius?

Upper part: 
External occipital proturberance, medial third of the superior nuchal line, the ligamentum nuchae,  and the spinous process of C7

Medial Part: Spinous processes of T1 to T5.

Lower Part: Spinous processes of T6 to T12

Upper Part: 
Lateral third of the clavicle and the medial aspect of the acromion process of the scapula

Middle Part: 
Medial edge of the superior surface of the acromion process of the scapula and the superior edge of the scapular spine.

Lower Part: Tubercles of the apex of the scapular spine



Stretches for the Trapezius

Strengthen the Trapezius




With the latissimus dorsi, rhomboids, and levator scapula, the trapezius muscle is one of the widest back muscles.

The trapezius muscle is one of the largest muscles in the body and one of the most hardworking muscles.