The true beauty of Yoga is that it can benefit anyone at any age. The practice of yoga can help us to tap into the wisdom of our bodies and learn to be our best selves. This week’s guest blogger Paula Tursi, the founder of Reflections Yoga, sheds light on how yoga can help us to be our own best teacher with respect to body image, true health, and self-love.
I have been doing yoga for a good, long time, but it wasn’t until I hit my 40’s that I really found what I believe to be the truth of the practice. The older, and perhaps wiser I became, the more I understood the innate beauty of this ancient practice.
It seems to me that we spend a lifetime trying to attain the perfect size and shape. It is one of the things we think about a good part of our day and typically, we don’t like the results! What yoga and the deeper practices can teach us is not about being thin, but being healthy — when we are healthy, we are always the perfect shape!
By being connected to our bodies, we stop eating what is bad for us because it just doesn’t taste or feel right. We learn what is good for us by listening to how we feel after we eat. Do we feel energized and light? Or heavy and tired? Our food should nourish us and make us feel vibrant.
Paula Tursi holds a Masters degree in Psychology from Columbia University and a Masters degree in Education from Hunter College. She did her clinical post-graduate training at the Milton H. Erickson Society for Psychotherapy and Hypnosis. Paula conducts biannual Teacher’s Trainings in New York City and Latin America, teaches workshops nationwide and in Europe. She teaches on going classes, holds corporate workshops and offers individual instruction in meditation, breath awareness, soulful relationships as well as yoga and yoga as therapy.
Everyday activities like sitting at a desk, staring at a computer, hunching over a cell phone or even holding a bag consistently on one side can cause stagnancy, stiffness and fatigue in the body. As habits build, poor posture can easily become second nature, causing back and neck pain and even damaging spinal structures.
However, the main factors that affect posture are totally within our control, and aren’t difficult to change with consistent awareness. If you’re sitting at a desk for eight hours a day, the following tips will help support you in maintaining a better posture.