“It is very important to generate a good attitude, a good heart, as much as possible. From this, happiness in both the short term and the long term for both yourself and others will come.” - Dalai Lama
Raise your hand if you sit at a desk!
Raise your hand if you sit in a car!
Raise your hand if you sometimes feel like Quasimodo!
And raise your hand if that sometimes makes you feel like merde
Ohhhhh I feel you!
Actually, my nickname from my college society has the name Quasimodo in it, but that has nothing to do with my back and everything to do with wearing a giant hooded jacket under a hazmat suit...but that's a story for another day.
If you struggle with having good posture, I feel you. I really do.
This is something I work on a lot in my personal practice, because I notice the tendency within myself to round round round when what I really want to do is stand tall!
But have you ever noticed that the more you round, the harder it is to stand tall?
That's not only a physical dilemma. It is an emotional one as well.
Our body speaks for us when words don't.
As we lose our perfect posture, we begin to round inward, collapsing the chest and becoming smaller.
The smaller we become physically, the smaller we feel, and the smaller we feel, the smaller our self-confidence becomes.
Speaking of smaller...
Ladies, raise your hand if the first time you were told to roll your shoulders back and stand tall, you felt way too much like your were flaunting your breasts?
We are taught to be small. We are taught to stay unnoticed. We are taught to be unremarkable, unmemorable, to never question the status quo and stay in our shells.
Yeah, well I say F*ck that!
Which is why we work on our posture.
I have literally grown taller through my yoga practice.
This is not the time to stay small (or short). This is the time to roll back those shoulders and flaunt those breasts because 2020 thought that it could bring us down but nooooo baby.
Posture is everything, my friend.
Because our body speaks without words.
So raise your hand if you're ready to stop playing small, you're ready to take your life into your own hands and you're ready to let your body speak beautiful, confident words for you!
Awesome. Then I can't wait for you to try this week's class!
Inside this 45 minute session we move slow, we love on the body, we stretch and we strengthen.
We start on the ground and really get deep into some feel good twists and restorative poses. This is to stretch and open the muscles which are often shortened from holding your arms in front of you all day.
Then we begin to warm up and build the muscle connection that will draw your shoulders back into alignment.
We spend a lot of time on the belly, so if you would like, grab a blanket to keep close by to cushion the hips.
And while you're there, leave me a "YES" in the comments, so I know you're ready to be your tallest, proudest, self!