Yoga for Text Neck and Head Forward Posture

By
Nina Zolotow, RYT 500
forward head posture

There’s something surprising you probably don’t know about me: I’ve been using computers to write, edit, and publish documents as well as to email since 1976! The photo below shows me and another writer/editor at Stanford Research Institute in Palo Alto, California in around 1978, with both of us using the very first mouse and window-based interface, invented by our boss, Doug Engelbart, and his group at the Augmentation Research Center. (This was before the personal computer so those things in front of us are “terminals” connected to a mainframe computer.) 

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