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Posts Tagged ‘posture’

Thinking About Posture

Posted by terrepruitt on August 1, 2016

Last week I was walking to my car from class.  I had just taught yoga and Nia, so I was feeling tall and in good posture.  I was sensing the spaces that allows for comfortable movement.  I looked up at a woman coming towards me and at first I thought it was a woman I knew.  The woman walking toward me bore a resemblance to my friend, but as I watched her it occurred to me that the woman I was looking at had completely different body language than the person I thought it could be.  The woman I was thinking of walked tall and erect.  She exuded confidence. The person walking towards me didn’t do that (stand tall) or give off that impression (confidence).  It made me pause.  It made me think.  It had me saying to myself, “Egads, what does my posture say?”

When I am walking on a campus of one of the places I teach, I try not to use my phone.  There are occasions where I have gotten delayed by traffic so I am turning my phone to airplane mode and preparing my music because I am going to be walking in with less time than I would like to have before starting class.  But, I think of walking to class as a time where I might have an opportunity to engage a member or student, so normally I am not on my phone.  I don’t usually walk bent over/looking down.  But I see a lot of people who are.

I AM normally juggling with my stuff, I take in my purse, a canvas briefcase, a water bottle, my phone, my keys, sometimes a jacket, sometimes other papers, sometimes my yoga mat.  So I am sure my posture is not very regal looking.  And when I think about it, I love the people I see who walk tall and look out at the world.

I often think about my posture while I am sitting at my desk, or watching TV, in a yoga class, or teaching a yoga class, but I don’t usually think of it while I am walking.  And I don’t usually think about it as an identifier.  As in I saw this stranger’s face from afar and thought it could be my friend, but then her posture and her gait made me realize instantly it was not my friend.  Even though I don’t think about it all the time, it is something we do, right?  We include body movement in the way we identify people.  The way we carry ourselves is part of our identity.  Well, duh, huh?

Sigh.  I don’t really know where I am going with this.  Perhaps I want to be more conscious of my posture.  Not just because I believe standing tall and having good posture is good for me, but I guess I would rather have part of my identity be tall, erect, confident, than bent over, slumped, and juggling.  Hmmmm.

What do you think?  Do you think about your posture at all?


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Nia and The Alexander Technique

Posted by terrepruitt on January 9, 2010

As you might now be aware Nia includes elements from three different movement forms from three different arts. One of the arts is the healing arts and one movement forms is The Alexander Technique. When I think of evoking the energy of The Alexander Technique as I lead the Nia workout, I always think of moving from the head and allowing heaven’s gravity to pull up.  With the pull from above it enables a sense of lightness, of not being heavy and of moving from the top.  Also this pull helps open the vertebrae and lengthen the posture. With the sensation of lightness and lengthening might come a sense of freedom and openness to be silly.

While we experiment with the lifting of the head from the body, we can observe how our posture might be more upright.  I have a habit of hunching my shoulders.  I call it scrunching because I tend to hunch and round my shoulders at the same time.  With some borrowed concepts from the Alexander Technique I am reminded to straighten and lengthen and use the muscles of my back to pull my shoulders down.  Even though the focus is on the head and it moving upward, it allows me to think of the rest of my posture.

With these ideas we look as we move, again moving our head away from our bodies.  Sometimes we move our hands and allow our head to follow by looking at our hands.  But we MOVE our head to watch our hands, we don’t just let our eyes follow, it is a movement.  The movement of the head gets our spine moving too.

When I first started teaching I had a student move her hands around and had her follow them with her head and eyes.  She would practice this during class.  After a couple of classes she came back and said she was a better driver now because she had never moved her head before and now she was actually turn her head to look as she drove.  Funny, I had never thought about Nia helping people be better drivers.

If you are not accustom to moving your head and you want to try it, I recommend that you first try this exercise  sitting down.  Just sit and move your hands as if they were a bird or a butterfly, and allow your head and your eyes to follow them as they fly around you.  Once you feel comfortable with that, try it standing up.  But be careful because if you are not used to it you may get dizzy.

Since the head is the heaviest part of the body it is important that we can stay on balance when it moves.  It is important to build the strength to move it and muscle memory of what it is like when it is moved.  All of this will help your dance and your general everyday movement.

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