What does your cellphone mean to you? What sort of sensations does it bring into your physical body when you have it and when you don't? If your phone runs out of battery or when you have to put your phone away, do you feel anxious and disconnected or relieved and at peace?
As a yoga teacher, watching and experiencing the physical body engage in cellphone use is fascinating. Most of us have our shoulders hiked up to our ears, with a collapsed posture, a tight chest, and often our faces are scrunched up and our jaws are clenched. Our breath is stagnant, and we are disconnected to the here and now, totally not present to our surroundings and environment. At dinner tables, bars, coffee shops, and in other communal situations, many people sit together but are more engaged with their phones than anyone around them.
So, how can we use our yoga practice as a way to undo some of the digital damage we do to our bodies? Below is a heart-opening, neck-releasing sequence to create the break that your body and mind need to unplug from the phone, as well as a breathing exercise to help you deal with something you might regret posting. Most importantly, put your phone away and turn it off for at least 15 to 20 minutes while you do these exercises. We suggest you watch this yoga series on your laptop or television screen to reach the maximum benefit.