Postural correction is the main aim of Medical Yoga. The term ‘Medical Yoga’ is where yoga is learned and taught with the basic principles of anatomy and physiology; the entire body is learned first and then the asanas. Yoga promotes proper body structure and posture. But before anything, understand why you should improve your posture.
It Is Imperative That You Should Improve Your Posture! Why?
If I have to talk about posture, I would like to start from the feet, which is a prevalent mistake people make while walking. We all know the alignment of our body is designed. Most of the time, due to discomfort or a little pain, we tend to change the body’s alignment, instead of correcting it there itself. Correct posture ensures less strain on the body’s muscles and ligaments, saving you from future problems. If you wish to increase work efficiency and energy, then you should improve your posture.
Correct Posture While Walking
Walking offers many health benefits. The ideal way of walking is to keep your feet parallel to each other. Once the leg pain starts, the feet go outward, making the heel inwards ‘V position,’ which will lead to an increase in pain due to the wrong posture. To reduce the pain, we need to maintain the leg in ‘A position,’ which is feet inside and toes outward, making the medial rotation of the leg to correct the posture.
Correct Posture While Standing
When a person has to stand for a longer time, the usual practice is leaning on one side while standing. It again changes the body’s alignment, producing pain on the leg on which more weight is put. To correct this, follow the ‘A position’ of the feet to help bear the body’s weight equally on both the legs, avoiding extra pressure on the leg leading to pain.
Correct Posture To Pick Up Something
It is the common mistake people make while picking up something from the floor. We usually bend from our low back, leading to pain as our low end is not that strong (until you are doing yoga) to bear the bend’s sudden jerk, which isn’t ready for it. The usual practice of picking up the dropped thing from the floor is to bend from the knees, as knees are for the folding and unfolding work. If the thing that needs to be picked up is heavy, bending from the knees would greatly help, avoiding any discomfort in the back.
Posture And Sitting Position
Those who sit for long hours on a chair have the habit of putting their legs behind, overlapping the ankles. Adaptive shortening of the thigh (hamstring) muscles happens there, leading to pain in the legs or discomfort in walking. Bending forward is also difficult here as the hamstring muscles become stiff.
Standing Posture While Talking To Someone
Whenever we stand with someone in a deep conversation, we tend to fold the hands and keep them on the abdomen, giving extra pressure to the stomach organs and hampering their activities. The good practice here is to keep the hands behind, holding the wrist of one hand. It will reduce the pressure on the stomach and also help lift the chest back. Secondly, this also prevents increasing lordosis, which happens if the stomach is protruded front side, looking so weird.
Proper Posture For The Shoulders
The commonest wrong practice is the shoulders drooping down. It affects the muscles around the chest, not giving it proper space to expand the chest and breath well, which shows a bad posture. Pain in the upper back or shoulder may start at any time as the muscles go into spasm, resulting in muscle cramps. For this, you need to practice pulling the shoulders behind.
Take your hands behind, tangle the fingers of both the hands, palms facing inwards, try to pull the hands behind as much as possible. Hold for about a minute and release. You can do this ten times a day, hold the wrist (as mentioned above), and keep it for a longer time.
Hence, you should improve your posture; correcting in time will prevent so many consequences and pains in our life. The appearance of the person will also be presentable. It is never too late, so you can start practicing correctly.