Classic Flow: Yoga for better posture

Classic Flow is your private, portable, all-levels yoga class and classical music concert rolled into one bliss-making podcast.

Originally posted by clterryart

Most of the routine actions we perform every day happen in front of our bodies, so gravity tends to round us forward. This means our back muscles become long, our chest muscles contract, and our shoulders get all hunched up around the ears.

 LISTEN to your 30 minute shoulder stretching practice here, or subscribe to Classic Flow on iTunes: http://www.abc.net.au/radio/programs/classicflow/shoulder-unlocker-yoga-for-better-posture/7880656 

If you’re a musician, even holding or playing your instrument can put your posture a bit ‘out of whack’. Back in the 1950s before yoga had become popular in the west, the famous violinist Yehudi Menuhin was introduced to Mr BKS Iyengar - one of the father’s of modern yoga - to help him with his musician’s posture. 

The yoga worked so well that Menuhin became a dedicated yogi - with yoga becoming part of his music and his life. He learned to understand, to play and manipulate his body with the same attention and dedication that he directed towards his violin.

Mr Menuhin said, “The practice of yoga induces a primary sense of measure and proportion. Reduced to our own body, our first instrument, we learn to play it, drawing from it maximum resonance and harmony.”

The point is, we all have asymmetry in our bodies, caused by our history, our habits, and our repetitive movements. And Yoga allows intimate self-study, or Svādhyāya, so that we can more easily recognise these limitations within our bodies, as well as what feels good and gives us pleasure. Essentially, the practise of yoga is about learning to “play our body” as if we were finely tuning a treasured instrument.

So, with that in mind, turn up the volume on this episode and turn your entire attention to the very first instrument you learned to play - your body.

Other episodes in the Classic Flow series:

Hippy Flow: Yoga for stressed hips 

Rinse and Release: Yoga to unwind your body and your mind 

Stress Busters: Yoga for after work 

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