The Importance of Posture

Written by Beth Williams, E-RYT 500 and Certified Personal Trainer 

We’ve all heard our Mother telling us to “stand up straight”, “get your shoulders back” or “don’t slouch” and we would immediately react by standing up taller and squeezing our shoulder blades together to remedy our posture. Most people that I work with have told me that the ways in which they would “fix” their posture, were temporary and sometimes caused them pain. 
A balanced posture is one in which your bones are stacked vertically with the support of your musculature to hold you in that optimal alignment. Often times, our habits from sitting, slumped over our desks or standing long hours working, can cause muscular imbalances. As a result, when you adjust your posture, your muscles are too weak or tight to support your efforts. Furthermore, posture isn’t about bringing your shoulders back, sucking your gut in or standing up straighter. There’s more to it than that. I’ve worked with hundreds of clients to help them find their optimal alignment in a way that brings them more ease and strength when sitting, standing, practicing yoga, running, lifting weights, etc.. It’s why I came up with these 6 workshops called, “The Building Blocks of Posture”. In these 6 sessions you will learn how to build your balanced posture from your feet all the way up to your head. Once you gain an understanding of your anatomy and how your body was designed to be in alignment, you’ll be able to apply that knowledge and kinesthetic awareness not only when standing but when doing all the things you do throughout the day So that being upright and vertical feels easeful and not like gravity is weighing you down. Who doesn’t want to experience less pain day to day? The best part is, when you hear your mom’s voice in your head telling you not to slouch, you’ll know what to do to find your balanced posture. 
Written by Beth Williams, E-RYT 500 and Certified Personal Trainer 

Be sure to enroll in Beth’s New Workshop Series

The Building Blocks of Posture through Yoga beginning March 14th