Yoga walking

Wednesday, November 26, 2008
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Improve your posture through yoga

The enormous health benefits of yoga are well known - and its popularity continues to rise. So much so that your local corner shop is likely to have been replaced by a Bikram or Pilates studio. But, as with all health and fitness trends, there is always someone ready to take it to the next level. And in the world of yoga, it’s New York-based insturctor Jonathon FitzGordon. His offering – yoga walking.

The way you move and hold yourself can have a big impact on your wellbeing with lazy ways leading to anything from back pain to muscle problems.

After observing the people in his yoga classes, FitzGordon, quickly spotted that even the most experienced yogis would walk out with terrible posture.

So convinced that people need to learn how to walk in a health-benefitting way he launched his now popular “walking yoga” class.

“The body is like a machine,” he says. “Each part has its own job, but everything is connected.”

Training people to walk with feet parallel, weight evenly distributed and body aligned to reduce joint stress, tiredness and back pain while improving physical performance.

While this new wave of yoga techniques have yet to take off in Australia, here are some simple tips to make sure you walk this way...

  • 1. Ears, shoulders, hips and ankles should all fall in a straight line.
  • 2. Unless you're going uphill, your buttock muscles should have no active role in walking. Untuck your tailbone so that your bottom juts out slightly. This makes the buttock muscles relax and helps to recruit the deeper core muscles to hold us upright.
  • 3. Think about keeping the muscles of your inner thighs back so that your legs fall directly underneath the pelvis. This keeps the pelvis level and the spine balanced.
  • 4. The stomach muscles should be strong and engaged so that you are using your entire core section as you walk.
  • 5. Imagine a string being pulled from the back of your head, allowing the chin to fall to level and the throat to soften.

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