One of my favorite quotes by Albert Einstein is: “Any intelligent fool can make things bigger and more complex; it takes a touch of genius and a lot of courage to move in the opposite direction.” And when it comes to holistic practices remembering this leads to a willingness to implement simple and yet such profound life enhancing practices. What I am about to teach is free, can be done anytime and anywhere and if you make space to explore it, I know for a fact that it will change your life as the implementation of the following technique will improve your posture which means a reduction in inflammation, improvement in digestion, increase energy and therefore, enhanced overall well-being. In addition as you refine your relationship with this practice, you will increase your overall strength which will have a positive impact on your sports and will reduce the occurrence of injuries.
O.K. here goes, well almost, before you can actually connect with this free life enhancing practice tune-in to the following two steps:
Step 1: Stand naturally in front of a mirror and be aware of your posture. How do you stand? Are your feet pointed outwards? Is your pelvis thrust forward? Are your shoulder rolled in? Is your head in front of your body? Judging and critiquing is easy, let it go, be curious instead. After all it is your body, why not get to know it?
Now if you have any of the mentioned posture habits, standing in a way where your body is neutral will not happen overnight. It took years to develop this unnatural posture but with practice and awareness it does not have to take years to repair it. But you need to know your starting point and know the direction you want to move in. You can work with your yoga teacher or personal trainer to help you return to neutral as it will require flexibility and strengthening.
Step 2: Be aware of the pelvic floor. There is a muscle called ani levator which goes from the pubic bone to the sacrum. It’s a like a hammock muscle. If we are breathing in accordance to our true nature when we inhale this muscle moves like the diaphragm, the primary muscle of respiration, which means it has a downward movement on the inhale and an upward movement on the exhale. Unfortunately many of us have lost touch with natural breathing and we have become shallow breathers and this reduces the strength and flexibility of the diaphragm and weakens the ani levator. When the ani levator is weak, our whole posture is weak and we lose energy.
Now there are many ways to strengthen the pelvic floor and many ways to improve our posture. The technique I am about to share with you is one of them. It is simple, accessible and can be applied anytime and anywhere. Start by bringing your attention to the perineum which is a little area found between the anus and the genitals and imagine that there is a little string attached to the perineum and it’s gently and ever so slightly lifting it up. There is no need to contract any muscles or squeeze anything, all you do is connect with this part of your body and imagine this string gently lifting up. As mentioned the regular practice of this will help improve your posture and strengthen your pelvic floor without creating tension. If you choose to be patient with the practice and with your body, success will come sooner.
I love working with people and helping them improve their posture so if you are interested in finding out more contact me for a private session.