As we age, most of us are likely to experience issues with our back, knees, shoulders, or hips.
This happens because of the way we use our bodies… sitting at a desk for hours on end; watching lots of TV on the couch; hunched over, viewing our Smart Phones; driving to work and home, every day; doing sports; getting injuries… even the beliefs you have about about yourself, can affect your posture.
It’s these habits that cause your muscles go into what’s known as ‘Temporary Sensory Motor Amnesia’ – and that’s a fancy way of saying, your body ‘forgets’ how to hold itself.
Over time, these habits can lead to damage and even chronic pain.
The good news is, it is possible to reverse some of these effects… first, by becoming aware, and then by taking steps to do something about it.
One simple exercise, is to find your Postural Plumbline.
Sounds technical, but it’s really simple… AND, you can do it from the comfort of your home.
Here’s how to find your Postural Plumbline:
- Start by wearing clothes that show your body’s outline.
- Stand comfortably, like you normally would – but don’t exaggerate your pose. You’re trying to get a genuine indication of how you USUALLY stand.
- Next, get a friend to take a photo of you, from the side. Or, set up a camera on a stand, with an automatic timer.
- Once you have this photo, either print a copy. Or, if you know how, upload the image to your computer.
- Finally, draw a straight line through the image, from the arch of your foot, to the crown of your head.
In the video, you’ll see the example I show on my computer.
The middle image shows a man with the ideal posture. Whereas, the other two show different problems – which, left unchecked, will result in damage and pain.
Once you’ve done this exercise, you’ll have a good idea of your posture.
The next step is to improve any issues, you find.
How do you do that?
There are several ways, but one of the most effective, is to practice yoga, regularly – ideally, a form of yoga that’s GENTLE, and works with your body type, rather than forcing it into harmful positions.
This is the focus of Yoga Collective.
With regular practice of gentle, yet effective yoga, you’ll become more aware of your body, and re-teach it HOW to move properly.
This will lead to improved posture, and alleviation of some of the issues you might be facing.
To experience some of this for yourself, I invite to come along for an entire week of yoga classes, for FREE.
I forward to seeing you soon!