yoga instructor training onlineBy Sanjeev Patel, CYT 500

Let’s be honest; not many of us have students who enter our Yoga school and say, “I really need to practice asana because I want to improve my skeletal alignment and my posture is poor.” People with bad posture usually aren’t aware of it until somebody tells them about it. Worse yet, even if their coworkers imitate their bad posture, they still might not ever take action. For anyone, of any age, Yoga asanas can correct poor posture; but a lifetime of bad posture is much harder to correct. For this reason, people of all ages need to practice some form of Yoga posturing exercise.


The Typical View of Asana Practice

“It’s for women or young people who are already fit and flexible.” Firstly, there’s a style for everybody these days, even if you can’t get out of the chair. As a Yoga teacher, you have heard all of the excuses by now. Secondly, some tough guys think they don’t need to practice asana because they lift weights, drink protein shakes, eat lots of meat, and create big stiff muscles. That’s not all weight lifters, but it’s the usual response. I don’t want to get in the way of a big guy who is hell bent on blocking his arteries, but I wish some people would read.  Yes, I know: A bad diet doesn’t have a warning label yet!

Back to reality: It’s really nice to have women in a Yoga class, but a lot of guys aren’t getting it, and many of them have the worst posture. Some of us have necks like buzzards. So, when it’s time to eat, they have to slightly lift their face off the table and slide the plate in between. It’s a perfect fit and my dog has better posture during meals.

Practicing yoga asana regularly helps people gain a level of fitness, unlike anything before, and achieve mental serenity. Many people, who practice yoga, don’t even realize the positive benefits that happen underneath their muscles in the skeletal frame. Yoga is known for having a more positive impact on joint function, as certain yoga poses strengthen the muscles by releasing fluids throughout the body. Here are some ways, for anyone to practice yoga, to improve their joint health and their overall skeletal alignment.


Yoga to Strengthen Joint Supporting Muscles

The isometric contractions that occur during asana practice train the smaller muscles that surround the joints to withstand more pressure, and it makes them work harder to stabilize the body properly. For example, poses that force people to balance on one leg, and change elevation, trains the supporting muscles to work in ways for strict balance and stability. The practice of daily yoga helps people improve their function and their overall daily activities.

Improving Flow of Synovial Fluid

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