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Improve Your Posture in Group Classes in May

By On April 28, 2014 · Leave a Comment

“Don’t slouch,” my mom used to say to me as she poked my side to get me to sit up straight. Many of us have been reprimanded from time to time for our less-than-perfect posture. And most of us begrudgingly comply, even with no concept of the benefits of good posture. We know it looks good when we sit up straight or walk tall. But what is good posture, and why is it so important?

Basically posture refers to the body’s alignment and positioning with respect to the force of gravity. Whether we are standing, sitting, or lying down, gravity exerts a force on our joints, ligaments, and muscles. Good posture entails distributing the force of gravity through our body so that no single structure is overstressed.

Like a building with a poor foundation or structure, a body with poor posture or alignment is less resistant to the stresses we experience over the course of our lives.

In class you may hear your instructor cue you to “stack your spine.” While respecting our spine’s natural curve, we want to have our head, spine, and pelvis stacked one on top of the other like a snowman, so that everything is working together from a stable position.

Sit tall in your spine and in your posture
Sit tall in your spine and in your posture!

And everyone can benefit from good posture! Proper alignment = longevity of the body, less aches and pains, and access to more physical activities. What multitasking!

 

Come to one of the group classes listed below to learn what good posture looks like and how to find it in your body so that you can take your best spine out into the world and with you wherever you go!

Studio City
Monday
4pm Gyrokinesis with Lora
All month long!

Tuesday
6:30pm Level 2 Pilates Mat with Nancey
May 6th and 13th

Annex
Wednesday
5:30pm Level 2 Pilates Mat with Stephanie
All month long!

Porter Ranch
Thursday
9am Level 1 Pilates Mat with Jenny
All month long!

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