In 2018, hunching over is essentially second nature. From office jobs to smartphones, it might feel like your shoulders are perpetually rounded forward, and you’ve maybe even worried about shaving off a few inches from your height thanks to your posture. It can be hard to address this issue on a day-to-day basis (I'm not going to start holding my phone up at eye level like my mom, I'm sorry), but one of the simplest and most enjoyable ways to go about it is to practice yoga poses that make you feel tall and help straighten out your shoulders. I mean, at the very least, it's probably easier (and cheaper) than splurging on one of those fancy, posture-correcting office chairs, right?
Deny it all you want, but smartphones are seriously wreaking havoc on your shoulders, fam. In a press release sent to Elite Daily, Robert Gearhart, an operating room nurse and co-inventor of Body Aline (an exercise machine designed to strengthen the back and realign the spine) explained how "text neck" — aka the pain you feel and/or the damage you sustain from looking down at your phone, laptop, etc. all the time — isn't doing any favors for your posture: “Just look at any crowd of young people, chances are most are exhibiting very poor posture from tilting their head down to read their device," Gearhart said. "This forces their neck and back muscles to work at awkward angles — just to keep the body upright, and pain and strain is often the result."
Gearheart also cautioned that, since smartphones don't seem to be going anywhere any time soon, it looks like "text neck" is poised to become a legit health problem of epic proportions in the years ahead: “If the trend continues, it looks like in 20 years the number of people who will have spine issues due to this will be astronomical," Gearhart said. Uplifting! Not.
The good news is, the trend can be broken, and that's where yoga comes in, my friends. If you suspect your smartphone or your desk job (or a combination of both) are messing with your shoulders, try incorporating a few of these six yoga poses into your everyday routine. You might just notice yourself grow an inch or two taller, and no, it's not because these poses are "magical." Yoga's simply helping you work with what you've got, girl.