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Improving your posture with yoga

Regardless of who you are, where you come from, or your age. We all have problems with our posture in one form or another. While we might not think about it when were slouched on the couch, we are doing damage to our bodies with poor posture. In all walks of life children and adults can be seen hunkered over their desk. Whether it be boredom or the sleepless nights catching up to us, we all need to fight against the urge to sit improperly. Sitting isn’t the only time when we have poor posture, in fact; it’s an all day occurrence. This poor posture often times can lead to excruciating pain, and yet we still don’t correct our posture. Is it because we are simply too lazy? Or is there an underlying factor?

Most of us aren’t taught about proper posture by our parents, or schools. Which inevitably leads to ignorant people on the subject of posture. However, there is a way to learn and practice good posture. No, not by placing a pile of books on your head. Instead, using the power of yoga to tame your bad habits!

The use of yoga will help to ensure good posture through many parts of your body. Helping to strengthen, elongate, and aline your spine and the muscles that are around it. Another perk to yoga, is that it will help to strengthen your core (Otherwise known as your abdominal muscles). Which as we all know will help to protect your back from any strain.

Yoga poses will help to teach every part of your body to carry it’s own weight. Rather than relying on other muscles to get the job done. Not only is the reward of yoga good posture. But it will help by giving you an energy boost, and a load of confidence that you have probably lost throughout the years.

When you take the time to practice yoga daily, particularly the Mountain pose. You will begin to find your stance, back, and abdomen much stronger for it. Luckily, you don’t need to make extra time in your day for the Mountain pose. You can practice it almost anywhere. Whether you are at your cubical at work, making dinner for your family, or the line at the bank. You will find yourself happier and more energetic; with the willingness and ability to take on the world without pain.

To accomplish the mountain pose, all you really need is yourself. Unlike a few yoga poses, it isn’t necessary to have any props for this pose. The Mountain pose is extremely simple. However, you should remember to utilize every part of your body. First you will stand with your feet positioned directly under your hips. Making them parallel, with your second toe on each foot directly forward. Press the balls and heels of your feet into the floor, and slowly spread your toes. As you can see, it isn’t a pose that will draw un-wanted attention to you. Which makes it perfect to practice throughout your entire day. Once you have done this, you can take it a step further. Without moving your feet, rotate the inside of your thighs forward without locking your knees. Moving your hipbones back about one inch, and draw your belly-button in toward your spine. Lowering your tail bone toward the floor, while you lift your torso upward and away from your hips.

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