Yoga to Improve Your Posture

Excellent posture can not only keep your body healthy, but also provide you with the foundation and support you need to keep your emotional and spiritual balance. Yoga will help you find the correct spine arrangement and make you stand higher and feel better inside and outside.

In the past thirty years, as a culture, we have become more and more sedentary. Many of us spend hours sitting every day, which is the number one cause of back pain, poor posture, indigestion and mental confusion. To offset hunched shoulders, tight neck muscles and lower back pain, take time to step on yoga mats and improve your posture.

Because we are different in anatomy, everyone’s posture looks different. The purpose is not to make everyone have the same posture, but to respect the natural curvature of the spine. Ideally, bones should be arranged vertically. A simple starting point is to stand in the mountain style. If someone pulls a rope from your ear to your ankle, ideally, your shoulders, pelvis and knees will fall into that straight line.

Many of us are excessively flat or curved, depending on how we spend our day. When your habitual arrangement is out of sync, it will lead to spinal problems, such as disc herniation, muscle pain and headache. In order to avoid sitting on the physiotherapist’s desk, practicing yoga and reminding yourself that standing straight can keep you healthy in the next few years.

The benefits of posture are not only visible to the naked eye! We all have a subtle or astral body, which is the blueprint or shell of the physical body. Vital energy or Plana passes through the lowest point or channel. Central Nadi or Susum Nanadi passes through the top of the head from the bottom of the spine, mirroring your spine.

Seven main chakras or energy vortices are located at the bottom of Sushmana. Proper posture can ensure the free flow of your inner energy, which in turn can keep your emotions and thoughts consistent.

Use the combination of forward bending posture, like Prasarita (wide legs folded forward) and Paschimotanasana (sitting folded forward), open heart, like Ustrasana (camel posture) and Bhujangasana (cobra posture), and twist, like Ardha Matsyendrasana (king of half fish), to keep the spine healthy. Join Phalakasana for a few minutes to build core strength for a strong abdomen and protect your lower back.

Your posture is how you express yourself in this world. Practicing yoga helps you stand taller and proud.


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