💖Body language tells us so much about ourselves and about others. Are you relaxed in your shoulders and neck? Is your head held high? To improve your posture, try the following exercise while you are sitting at your computer.
Roll your shoulders back and down, and take a deep full breath. This will open up your chest, creating more space inside yourself, and more space around your heart. Visualise the back of your neck long, spine lengthening and widening. Imagine your head is floating effortlessly at the top of your spine. Breathe, stretch and release any tension you might feel in your jaw or face and hips. Tuck in your tummy. Repeat!
This will create great posture for you while you sit at your desk at work. You can also do this exercise standing or walking!
Look at the picture below and decide if you are in the green or the red? if you are in the green, take a deep breath, stretch, and feel grateful. If you are in the red, take a deep breath, stretch your hands to the sky and imagine your spine lengthening. Visualize the back of your neck long and stretch your chin towards the back of your neck. Roll your shoulders back and down. Repeat this exercise to develop healthy posture, and go green!
Posture matters, even when you sleep at night! Remember to keep your shoulders and neck in a relaxed and free posture while you prepare for bed. Make sure your pillow is right for you and that you can stay relaxed and comfortable all night long. If you need to, you can do these stretches before bed, and when you wake up to help improve your posture. Enjoy!
💖Meditation helps us naturally to tune into our bodies and take positive action steps to feel better inside. Just four minutes in a Flow meditation will connect you inside of yourself and you will automatically sit or stand more straight, more relaxed, and more at ease. https://www.flow.is/meditatenow
💖To your health and wellness! - Tristan Elizabeth
P.S. I trained in the Alexander Technique when I was a Theatre Arts student at University of California at Santa Cruz. Learning good posture has been a vital key for developing my voice and stage presence throughout the years. “The Alexander technique is a way of learning how you can get rid of harmful tension in your body.” Although certainly not a full definition of the Alexander Technique, this is a good start. Actress Juliette Binoche has described it as “a way to transform stress to joy.”