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Are you providing a healthy foundation for your spine and joints?
Your posture holds the answer.
Posture refers to how you align your body when sitting or standing and is influenced by your habits. Your posture habits add up over time either to support or impair your physical health.
Because they shorten and lengthen muscles incorrectly, poor posture habits increase stress and strain on your spine and joints. These common habits often lead to discomfort, stiffness, pain and even injury.
Like all habits, the more your practice them, the harder they are to break. Jenni Freie, a physical therapist with OrthoCarolina and certified yoga instructor, recommends adding one simple yoga pose to your daily routine to improve your posture and body alignment.
Tadasana (tah-DAH-suh-nuh), or Mountain Pose, is a neutral standing pose that puts your body into proper postural alignment with minimal stress on your joints. Tadasana requires minimal muscle energy, allowing you to maintain stability with ease.
Follow these steps to practice Tadasana.
Freie recommends checking your posture two to three times per day by practicing Tadasana.
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