Practice Yoga to improve your posture
Smartphones, laptops, desk jobs, slouching on the couch and long commutes to work can all contribute to making you look like you’re chronically hunched over. Not only is this unattractive, it can also be painful, as it often causes people to feel tight, achy and sore around the neck, shoulders, and upper and lower back. Fixing your posture with yoga requires that you do poses that open your chest and shoulders, allow you to gently bend your back, lengthen your spine, and allow you to experience what a steady, balanced, posture feels like.
Studies have shown that yoga exercises help improve bad posture and even reverse hyperkyphosis, the age-related posture issue also known as dowager’s hump. Even more than that, yoga creates numerous health benefits for body and mind, ensuring that you don’t just improve posture, but also increase well-being, get relief from stress, and even enjoy soime of the many other health benefits yoga offers.
Our posture is an important dimension of health, which doesn’t get the attention it deserves. Your posture influences the alignment of the spine and thereby the overall health of your body. The spine is the central channel of the nervous system, and when your spine is healthy, the pathways of the nervous system are strong and clear, and vital energy flows unimpeded, creating maximum vitality and well-being.
New research is making it clear that posture is an important dimension in staying healthy throughout life.
Benefits of Improving Posture
Feel Better. People with a good posture and healthy, strong back are generally happier, more confident, and have more energy; they may even be less prone to worry, depression, and anxiety.
Prevent Chronic Pain. Keeping your back flexible and correcting posture imbalances can be more effective prevention and treatment for back pain.
Live Longer. People with deteriorated, hunched posture (hyperkyphosis or dowager’s hump) are more prone to fractures and more likely to lose balance and function as they age. A chronic, hunched posture restricts breathing, creating shortness of breath. In the elderly, this is associated with increased anxiety and depression, and is considered a main factor of general health deterioration in elderly. Older men and women with a forward hunched posture have higher death rates; as much as 44% higher.
Yoga Exercises Improve Posture
Taking steps to improve your posture will not just help you prevent back pain and joint stiffness. As you increase the health of the back by building holistic strength, increasing flexibility, and improving alignment, the health of your entire body will benefit. As vital energy flows more freely, you will experience more energy and vitality and greater well-being.
Research has shown therapeutic yoga exercises improve posture and overall back health and can be tremendously effective. Yoga for posture increases flexibility and strength, and in addition offers relaxation and stress management.