From running after kids to running the boardroom, everyday activities put a heavy strain on our bodies. Over time the strain can have a compound effect, affecting the way our bodies are able to move and function. This is especially true when it comes to posture. The good news is, yoga can help.
Yoga Brings Awareness To Your Body
Practicing yoga makes you more aware of your mind and body. In fact, if you have a habit of hunching over it may come from lack of awareness. The right poses can turn bad posture habits around. Plus, you’ll be able to catch yourself whenever you’re not sitting up or walking the right way.
The Mountain Pose
The mountain pose is the simplest way to discover how to stand the right way. It’s relatively easy to get into, although it requires a bit of concentration. You can practice it anywhere, even during your lunch break.
All you need to do is stand up straight. Imagine a wire running through your spine, pulling you up. Let loose and breath.
The Tree Pose
The tree pose helps you maintain good posture by forcing you to stay balanced. The only way to do this is by keeping your spine straight. This results in a more confident and healthy posture.
Put your hands together, in a prayer position. Life one leg up and press the foot into the inside of your thighs. Stand straight and remember to keep breathing.
The Downward Facing Dog
This pose goes beyond improving your posture. You will also get the benefit of building strength and flexibility. Your balance will improve as well as it helps you increase your stability. This is one of the most fun and relaxing yoga poses.
To do this pose, place your hands and feet shoulder-width apart. Spread out your fingers as you walk your hands halfway to your feet. Try to get your heels to touch the ground but don’t force it. As with other poses, remember to breath as you stay in this position.
Enjoy A More Relaxed Mind & Body
Your mood affects your posture, perhaps more than anything else. Think about it: how do you look when you’re feeling down? On the flip side, how does your body react when you feel strong and confident?
Since yoga improves both your mind and your body, your posture will get better as well. This will have a compounding effect- your posture will, in turn, grow your confidence. Thanks to this virtuous cycle, you will keep benefiting even from the tiniest effort you make.
If you want to quickly start seeing results, try one of the yoga classes at Samadhi Yoga. It’s easy to get started, just give us a call so we can help you find a yoga class that is perfect for you!