Pregnancy is another place we see the difference between posture and alignment. You all know the common pregnancy posture: pelvis and belly pushed forward with hands resting on the low back. It's normal to see this all around us, but it's not good alignment. Ideally, you would stand the same whether you are pregnant or… Continue reading How to Stand when you are Pregnant
Have you ever been told to “stand up straight!”? This phrase has children everywhere grumbling as a well meaning adult lectures on the importance of good posture. In my opinion, it's one of the most relevant examples of the difference between posture and alignment. The phrase has permeated the culture with its vague (subjective) recommendation for… Continue reading “Stand Up Straight!”
Happy New Year! I thought I'd start off 2014 by addressing one of the questions I was most commonly asked last year: “Alignment, is that like posture?”. When I tell people that I teach alignment, what usually comes next is something like "Alignment, is that like posture?" or “Oh, I need that, I have terrible… Continue reading “Alignment, Is That Like Posture?”
WHAT?! I know, I know. Hear me out. You may have seen this article in Buinessweek that came out a few years ago titled Your Office Chair is Killing You. It focuses mainly on the way that sitting negatively affects the alignment of your spine, encouraging a "C" shape instead of the natural "S" curve, which… Continue reading More Exercise Isn’t The Answer
In Paddle Boarding Part 1 we looked at my sister's default position when on an unstable surface. Another common response when on an stable surface is to lower our center of mass (in the pelvis) to feel more steady. Your center of mass is closer to the ground when you are kneeling, making it easier… Continue reading Paddle Boarding Part 2: Take a Stand for Your Knees!