Good posture can knock years off anyone’s age. I believe this, as every time I see someone stooped over, it reminds me to stand up that extra bit straighter. Some things are out of hand like illness etc.; we can though look after our body to give it the best chance possible.
Good posture makes the body look better. Standing up straight makes us appear more confident and approachable. Nice posture can make us look slimmer too. When we stand up straight and let the world see us, it shows the world that we aren’t afraid to shine Poor sitting and standing habits take
Poor sitting and standing habits take time to break, but with a little effort, you can soon get perfect posture.
Following on from my first article in the series: Yoga for better posture, both physically and mentally- part 1. Today I bring the next article to you in which we will look at ways to stand tall through standing balances so that we appear longer and leaner. As well as do a journaling exercise to help uncover any hidden negative thinking patterns that could be contributing to slouching.
Remember: with all forms of exercise; please check with your doctor first for suitability and exercise at your own risk.
The following poses are meant to be added to your yoga routine after you have fully warmed up.
Tree pose- for perfect posture!
From Mountain pose (Tadasana) bring the body into the expression of tree. Ground down through your left foot and draw the opposite sole of your foot into the left thigh. The foot can be lower as long as not resting on the knee. Think about even effort through the feet and legs. Keep the palms together at the chest. Hold for ten breaths then for two more breaths: purposely allow your tree to sway a little like a tree in the wind before carefully lowering the foot and repeating on the other side. You can build the time up gradually to 20 breaths.
Eagle pose- for a strong frame
Eagle (Garudasana) pose is named after a mystical being half human half eagle. I regard this pose as a balance between intelligence and strength.
Method: Stand up tall in Mountain Pose. Cross your left leg around the straight right leg. If you find that difficult to do, you can keep the bent leg on the floor. Now bring the arms straight out and leading with the right hand, intertwined the arms. Remember to breathe deeply, relax the shoulders and face. Hold for 5-20 breaths then come out with as much awareness as you went into the pose. Repeat on the other side
Journal exercise- for a positive self-perception
For at least 40 days set aside 10-20 minutes in the morning and or the same time in the evening. You will need a journal book and pen. Without censoring write freely for this time on what is on your mind. Whatever you need to let go of or share, get it down on the paper. What is bothering you, what are your dreams, fears, wants and why do you think emotionally, that you are unable to stand up straight all the time?
I’m a big fan of journaling as for me it helps me get stuff off my chest and let go of fears and setbacks that no longer serve me. It’s a good way to get to know yourself. You can either read over the journal once you have finished or shred it. What ever works best for you! Happy writing!
Through journally, I felt stronger and freer.
See you in part three!
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