Yoga for Combatting Computer-induced Pain and “Text Neck”

Hello there, all! How are you doing? If you’re like me, you’re spending a lot more time on your computers and phones, whether from doing your work in this new way and/or from entertaining yourself and family members with technology. I know I’m definitely struggling with what some might call “text neck.”

For years, I’ve noted that, on the days that I work primarily on IEPs, progress reports, planning, and other tasks that are done on my computer, I feel more tired and more sore. The more that I practice yoga, the more I understand why. Without the practice of good posture, my long days at a computer are causing me to be hunched over, inhibiting the “flow of energy” that runs the length of my spine. When I work on a laptop, phone, or tablet, my shoulders are turned in towards the center of my body, inhibiting expansion of my lungs. My breathing is usually more shallow. Not to mention, the general soreness that comes from sitting in one place and the eye strain from looking at a screen.

Over time, I’ve come to realize that, when I’m really experiencing this soreness and lethargy, what I need is yoga that focuses on getting more energy running through my body, aligning my posture along my spine, opening up my chest, and encouraging full breaths. I would greatly encourage you to give one of these videos a try at the end of a computer-based work day! I’ve experienced so much relief through these practices!

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