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The extensive use of smartphones for personal and professional purposes is taking a toll on your neck, back and shoulder muscles. In fact, it can lead to a health condition called Text Neck.
You can take corrective and preventive steps to tackle the posture problem with these simple yoga stretches and exercises which strengthen and relax your strained muscles.
Ear Pulls and Massage: Begin with pressing your ears from the top and right down to the lobes. Pulling them out a couple of times and rotating them clockwise and anti-clockwise will release all the pressure around them.
Stretching arms: Stretch up the arms over your head with the palms facing the sky and push them up towards the sky. As an extension of this stretch, spread your arms out on either side and pull the finger back and wave a couple of times to say bye-bye to stress in the arms and shoulders.
Shoulder rotations: Stretch out your arms on both side and touch the thumb to the base of the little finger. Keeping the arms and hands still, rotate your shoulders clockwise and anti-clockwise 5 times each.
Palm Press: Bring the base of your palms together in front of your chest. Press them hard against each other keeping your shoulders still. Press and release a couple of times. Reverse the position of the hands and repeat.
Elbow Eight: Bring your hands together in front of your chest and interlace your fingers. Keeping your palms in front of your chest, move your elbows and shoulders in a wave like motion and draw a sleeping eight.
Shoulder Stretch: Place your right hand on top of your head and with the left hand hold the left knee tight. Now Keep your left hand intact and move your right hand in and out all the way down to your hip and back up to the head a few times. Repeat on the other side.
Thumb-Squeeze: Brings your thumbs up in front of your chest and rotate them in both directions for a few times. Squeeze all your fingers together and release. Repeat a couple of times.
Practice these simple yoga stretches to keep yourself safe from any health hazards and be a smartphone yogi.
(With inputs from KamleshBarwal, Sri Sri Yoga Director. As a yoga expert for more than a decade now, she has traveled across the world and taught the benefits of yoga to people of many cultures and religions. http://www.artofliving.org/yoga)