Beat “Text-Neck” With These Yoga Poses

by Kimberly B. Johnson
“Text neck” is a term used to describe the neck pain and damage sustained from looking down at your cell phone, tablet, or other wireless devices. The Washington Post recently described this as an epidemic across the U.S., but fear not, we have some practical and simple exercises to keep your body limber and painless.
 
Balasana or Child’s Pose
 
To alleviate tension in your mid-to-lower back, perform the child’s pose. Start in an all-fours position. While exhaling, sink your hips back toward your heels and reach your arms out along the floor in front of you. Lower your hips as far as your body will comfortably allow. Bring your forehead to the flower before you. This relaxing pose stretches your back and shoulders—both areas tightened by “text neck.”

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Viparita Karani or Legs-Up-The-Wall Pose
Getting headaches from looking at screens too much? Go for the Viparita Karani or Legs-Up-The-Wall Pose, which leads you to lay on your back with your legs resting parallel on the wall point upward. The Viparita Karani pose has been long known to aid in reducing anxiety and has been described as a feel-good pose that helps quiet the mind and reduce fatigue. Alleviating strain on the eyes, head and neck, it’s just what an over-texter needs.

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Ustrasana or Camel Pose
 
To rid yourself of pesky smartphone-caused shoulder tension, try the Ustrasana or Camel Pose. This pose is achieved by resting on your knees with your legs hip-width apart. With the soles of your feet facing up, reach behind and place your palms on your lower spine, then gradually reach below to place them your ankles or the soles of your feet and arch your back until reaching a comfortable shoulder stretch.

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