ARE YOU AWARE OF YOUR POSTURE ?
Is your head slumping ?
Back rounding ?
Shoulders aching ?
Pain in hips and feet ?
LIFE CAN GET YOU DOWN
The average person loses 2 to 4 inches in height
to the ravages of stress and gravity.
The descent is gradual. Not noticed at first.
Shoulders round. Chest slumps. Tummy descends.
WANT TO RESIST THE RAVAGES OF STRESS AND GRAVITY ?
Your best defense against loss of height and torso
shape is a deep band of core muscles called psoas.
Attached to the inner wall of the spinal vertebrae
behind the front tummy muscles psoas cannot be seen
or touched. But we can feel them.
FIG. A below shows the psoas contracting upward to support the rib cage
and shoulders. This support prevents shoulder-neck and back tension.
While the psoas lift the rib cage the
upper front tummy muscle contracts
inward to the hold the rib cage in
This interaction of psoas and upper
tummy muscle (abdomini erectus )
forms the uddyana lock and defines
FiG. B shows weak psoas pulling the rib cage downward and tummy
bulging forward as often happens thru prolonged sitting and driving.
Lower back begins to sway or arch inward putting pressure on
lumbar vertebrae. Note how the waist line disappears.
Maintaining a waistline is a health as well as cosmetic issue.
Kareena's workshop shows how body locks
(bandhas) support our effort to maintain torso
shape. Get a better grip on your abdominal
muscles thru visual instruction, gentle yoga
stretches and other alignment techniques.
Learn more about Kareena's techniques thru
WANT TO GIVE YOURSELF A LIFT ??
Join Kareena's Alignment Clinic
MARCH 8 SUNDAY 3-5pm
or Schedule a private consultation
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