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Healthy Posture (Anatomy for Yoga Teachers)

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Lesson Overview

In this lesson, we explore the meaning and implications of healthy posture.

Objective

Learn terminology and considerations related to posture including anatomical position, habits and muscle memory, sensory motor amnesia and the attributes and implications of healthy posture.

Description

Define posture and the relationship between habit, muscle memory, sensory motor amnesia, bodily structure and physiology. Name the criteria that is often used when identifying healthy posture. Define the phrase “anatomical position” and what it means to stand in “neutral.” Describe why it’s inappropriate to idealize body symmetry. Explain why healthy posture matters and why students may find it difficult to identify a neutral spine. Cite research related to posture, pain, function and ROM. Describe four considerations for pelvic alignment in Tadasana (Mountain Pose). Discuss the effects of excessive sitting and other issues such as sitting with legs crossed, not changing position, and the technique used for bending over.

Vocabulary

anatomical position, healthy posture, ischemia, muscle memory, neutral pelvis, neutral spine, posture, sensory motor amnesia, standard anatomical position, standing in neutral

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