Thursday, January 13, 2011

Home Schooling: Importance Of Posture



Posture used to be stressed in elementary schools (long ago).

Posture is still stressed in dance, music, religious orders,
 professionals of various disciplines and that of especially...
the Martial Arts.

It goes far beyond that which is pleasing to the eye.

When you align your bones...
allowing them to bear the weight
directly...
it allows the muscles to fully relax...
which allows the brain to more fully concentrate...
on more important issues...
than mere body alignment.

When your posture is bad...
besides the detrimental long term health
issues...
you are expending a tremendous amount of 
needless energy just to hold yourself upright.

A lot of stress aches are a result of poor posture.

Try sitting upright on a chair...
without allowing your back to touch the chair backrest.

You should have a slight S curve...
in the lower back...
this is not only natural...
it is essential.

Try to completely balance yourself just on the bone structure.

When you hunch...
your muscles must continually contract to hold you upright.

When your bones are correctly aligned...
you feel all tension slip away...
and your mind becomes free to wander.

It allows a quicker and clearer
thought process.

Posture is so crucial to learning the intricate movements
of music...
that it is often the first thing taught.

Notice the Classical Piano player.

One should strive to sit as if at a piano.


Look around at those who complain of tiredness at the end
of their workday (without reason as in office workers)...
notice their posture.

Many think that they are emotionally or intellectually drained.
So many of them are actually physically drained from sitting all day
in a position of poor posture.

Their back muscles are constantly contracting...
the tension affects many other muscles...
they develop stress headaches...
a poor demeanor...
as a result of having self imposed stress.

They have a constant low grade general ache...
they feel sluggish and depleted...
depressed.


Good posture also allows deep full breaths as it allows
for full diaphragmical contraction and relaxation.

When you are hunched over...
there is simply not enough room for full breaths.

This leads to shallow breathing.

Full inhalation leads to full exahalation.

This also relaxes the body.

What is started early becomes a habit.

A habit of deep breathing...
leads to a clear mind...
a relaxed body...
and healthful conditions.

A habit of shallow breathing...
while not critical while young...
when one ages...
it sets the stage for pneumonia.

As the lower portions of the lungs...
don't get the benefit of full airation...
the moisture that stays and builds...
makes for a beneficial place for bacteria
to grow.

Have you noticed the posture of the various
religious orders' monks, priests and nuns?

It takes the mind off the self...
which allows it to think higher thoughts.

High collars are common among them...
as this essentially forces good posture.
It keeps the neck in an upright position...
which generally forces an upright body position.

Slouching would be uncomfortable...
that which is uncomfortable...
is generally avoided.


In general...
good posture inhibits...
extraneous physical stimuli...
from interfering with fine motor control...
and from higher thought.


When one is in an upright position...
one is primed and ready...
to receive new information...
process it quickly and far more accurately...
all without the tiredness of those with 
lesser postures.

Notice the serene faces of those with good postures.

It is the result of a lack of unnecessary stress.

Notice Opera singers.

Their postures allow for full lung volume...
which allows for greater projection of their voices...
and for effortless sustaining of those notes. 

Notice the postures of the serious...
the studious in schools.

Notice the postures of...
 Executives of major companies...
of Statesmen...
of Classical Musicians...
Opera Singers...

They had long ago...
learned the importance that posture plays.


While correct posture is not so easily gotten...
since many would have to break a
life long bad habit...
once achieved...
it becomes easy to keep
as it makes one feel and think better.

The key is to start early.

The learning of the Martial Arts...
and so many of the other arts...
such as Dance or many of the Musical Arts...
also stress correct posture.

Correct Posture should be effortless...
it is not the rigid contraction of muscles...
to keep oneself in position...
but rather a lack of.

Again...
it is all about correct bone alignment.

Balance oneself as one would a pencil on a fingertip.

When one has balance upon the bones...
all conscious tension is gone.

The Mind becomes free...
the Body becomes free...
the Spirit becomes free...

When you free yourself of yourself
through correct posture...

All become free to soar.


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