YOGA WRAP: The Benefits of Proper Posture
Let’s start with digestion! Proper posture is essential to our health by our digestive system. If we slouch forward, we’re putting our floating ribs right into our transverse colon. This is the top, horizontal tube running under our ribs. This will lead to blocks that we do not want! If it’s a habitual slouch, that means there are regular blocks in the same area. We’ve all seen how a sink gets clogged with a little something, then a little more is added to it, then a little more - imagine that happening in your body! To avoid that, sit up tall as a habit, but especially during and after meals.
Our respiratory system has always amazed me! It functions 24-7, without our assistance. However, if I’m slumped over then, I’m putting the weight of my shoulders and sternum onto my lungs. I’m likely also dropping the weight of those floating ribs onto my diaphragm. When we exhale, the diaphragm expands and the lungs deflate; when we inhale, the opposite happens. But, if I’ve got the weight of my bones and body parts laying on the lungs and diaphragm, I can’t breathe to my needed capacity. This can make me feel tired, get a headache and it doesn’t serve my complexion either.
After having two babies in less than 2-years, I began to understand how post-partum depression can be attributed to posture. I was always leaning in breastfeed, changing diapers, picking up babies. My shoulders were constantly rounded in and my head was dropped down while I was tending to my babies. When I got my body able, I began doing backbends and chest openers and it worked like a charm. The body holds depression with rounded down shoulders and drooping head. Our posture has so much to do with our subconscious, of course, it’s possible to use our posture to help our attitude and our emotions.
How we “carry ourselves” has a lot to do with how others perceive us and how we feel about ourselves. It also has to do with our height. As we age, a lot of people begin shrinking. This can be prevented by keeping a strong core and a habitual stance of proper posture. I recommend any ab work, but crunches, as those pull the top ab muscles down and into the diaphragm. I also recommend using my muscle engaging product, Yogawrap Spine Support. It has been clinically proven to engage core muscle activity just by sitting with it on your desk chair, in your car or anywhere you want to take it.
There is no bone from the bottom ribs to the top of the hips so, it is the responsibility of the fibers of the core to maintain that posture and hold the weight of the upper torso off of the waist. If it’s not engaged on a regular basis, especially as we age, it shrinks down. This can be attributed to that middle-aged bulge too. When you smash the top onto the bottom, the middle can squirt out! Instead, keep it strong and long and enjoy the value of proper posture.
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