“I just went to for my annual checkup and I was a half-inch taller than last year, before I started to practice yoga!” Yoga teachers near and far often hear this exclamation by surprised students. It speaks of one of those moments when, as a student, you are filled with the blissful wonder of possibility, much like children who see fireflies for the first time and realize they can actually catch light.
It is true that one of the many wonderful gifts that a skillful yoga practice can offer us is improved posture, and when we stand up straighter, we are taller. However, did you know that improving your posture might also help your digestive system function more effectively, decrease stress on the discs in your lower spine, and boost your mood? Standing up straight calls for our muscles to be both long and strong, and this requires a methodical approach to yoga practice. The following sequence is designed to lengthen muscles that, when contracted, pull us out of alignment, and strengthen muscles that, when weakened, contribute to the downward pull of gravity (and aging!). May it illuminate your way to a healthy, long-term relationship with your body, mind, and heart. Continue reading >> HuffPost