THE IMPORTANCE OF POSTURE IN YOGA
Posture is basically the way the body mechanically aligns and positions itself in space throughout the day. Body posture changes each moment in adaptation to numerous activities and stresses.The total visual posture is therefore the long-term average of the total alignment in space. Postural habits developed over the years often reflect the unconscious patterns of the mind. Yoga could be a observe that may bring the body back to optimum posture.
WHAT IS OPTIMUM POSTURE?
Optimum posture is when the body is mechanically aligned with minimum strain on the muscles, ligaments, and joints. In this efficient position the fewest restrictions are imposed on the muscular and nervous systems, energy is not wasted to simply hold the body up. This energy can be utilized for creativity and productivity. Optimum posture consists of a combination of the following: chin lock, neutral spine, core engagement, sternum lift, shoulder blade retraction, joint mobility, muscle flexibility, and diaphragmatic breathing.
BENEFITS OF OPTIMUM POSTURE:
• Decreased stress and tension in the supportive skeletal muscles
• Less wear and tear in the joint structures
• Increased contracting/relaxing ability of the diaphragm enhancing the amount of air capacity in the lungs
• More flexibility in joint movement
• Reduced strain on the neck, jaw, and upper back muscles
• Increased amount of energy
• More positive, confident self-image
• Relaxed state of mind, carrying the body effortlessly