Poor posture is an umbrella term that describes many incorrect postures habitually developed due to our lifestyle. Poor postures often precipitate muscular tone imbalances, painful trigger points in the body, and uneven transfer of workload down the spine predisposing to an increased risk of injury. Prolonged compromised spinal health also affects the proper functioning of the nervous system such as the spinal cord and nerve roots. Many unexplained symptoms such as declining work performance, feeling lack of rest despite sleeping for long hours, irregular bowel movements and disturbed moods are very subtle yet diagnostic symptoms of poor spinal health. It is vital therefore for each of us to take care of the spinal health.
In this 3-hour Wellness Yoga for Poor Posture workshop, we make it our business to highlight some of the common poor postures developed in the society and impart the right yogic techniques to tackle them. To date, some of the poor postures identified are:
- Forward head-neck posture (neck protruding out) – Often developed due to continuous usage of laptop and handphone.
- Kyphosis (hunchback) – Often developed in school going children due to excessive weight load on the back.
- Lumber Hyperlordosis (exaggerated lower back curve) – Often seen in athletes and post delivery.
- Swayback (ears behind the shoulders) – A mixture of all three poor postures mentioned above and the commonest of all.