As a practitioner and teacher of yoga for many years, I know first hand how important alignment in the body is to our holistic health. But there is much more to the story and my colleague Lisa Wolfe has brought light to some very interesting information that is bringing more positive change to my body and life.
According to Lisa Wolfe, of The Posture Program, when our body's posture is hunched over, head down for long periods of times or even just as a matter of habit, our brain likely gets the message that we are in danger or something is very wrong. The brain coordinates with the endocrine system to secrete hormones that tell the body to prepare for emergency or a long, cold, hungry winter. In contrast, when the muscles in the body are trained to work together to maintain optimum posture most of the time, the brain likely gets the message that all is well and all the hormones in our body tend to line up into balance. The result of open, upright, healthy posture may very well contribute to a more peaceful and joyful mood, less stress response, a more efficient metabolism and many other benefits.
Lisa has an amazing gift of explaining WHY it's so important to have healthy posture and exactly HOW to go about cultivating it and she provides this in her video program I highly recommend.
Lisa is a real woman over 40 just like you and me. She has quite a story. She is a functional movement specialist, and shares that she formerly was an overweight, out-of-shape, not-so-cheerful woman.
In 2006, after years of physical therapy and ineffective dieting, Lisa used functional movement to reshape her body and release 70 pounds of fat.
That's worth a pause....
Lisa says that her hormones regulated in response to improved body positioning and fascial health. Lisa used this method with her clients for five years, and responded to repeated pleas to put her Posture Workshop on video. You can check it out HERE.
But what is functional movement and how can it help the body and mind become healthier?
The Mayo Clinic defines functional movement as specific exercises that train your muscles to work together - like a team - that fit into your daily tasks. These exercises simulate common movements. While using various muscles in the upper and lower body at the same time, functional fitness exercises also emphasize core stability.
Additionally, Lisa emphasizes the importance of fascia health and how to ensure you have it.
What is fascia?
Fascia is a a sheet of connective tissue that wraps around all your organs, providing support and basically holding all your parts together. It looks like a web, connecting muscle and organs. When fascia is healthy it's very flexible but when the body doesn't move enough or there is trauma of injury, the fascia can become stiff and tense which - like shrink wrap - will prevent the muscles from being able to move optimally.
Lisa talks a lot in her The Posture Program about the importance of cultivating and maintaining healthy fascia. It makes a lot of sense, doesn't it? You don't want tight, stiff fascia shrink-wrapping around your muscles and organs!
In order to have that healthy posture mentioned above, the fascia must be healthy. So... what to do about it?
This is where Lisa Wolfe comes in. She's one of the best teachers I've ever encountered. She has a true talent for explaining exactly what you need to do and what you need to do with fantastic videos demonstrating easily practiced exercises on a regular basis. This course is beneficial for all ages but especially for women over the age of 40.
Do yourself a favor and check out The Posture Program. It has changed the way I move my body every day and I'm already seeing amazing results.
I am so impressed with Lisa's program I asked her if I could partner with her as an affiliate to help spread the word! If you should decide to purchase The Posture Program through the links provided in this article I will receive a share in the proceeds!