Good posture is not how well you balance a book on your head while walking. No, good posture is when your body is aligned in a way that places the least amount of strain on your muscles and ligaments.
This means our posture is in a never-ending conflict against gravity.
Gravity is a force constantly pushing you down- whether you are standing, sitting, or lying in bed. In any given position, the highest part of your body will bear the brunt of the force.
It's a rare opportunity to escape from this gravitational force. Most of us will never have the chance.
On top of the daily gravity battle, our modern lifestyle has dumped a load of other challenges on us: smartphones, stress, and sedentary activities.
Think about how many times a day you are up against one, if not all of these.
Modern-day activities like driving, working on computers, communicating with smartphones, and binging on Netflix put our bodies in a position where it can feel impossible to achieve and maintain a healthy posture. But healthy posture is like a healthy diet. Neglect it, and your body will complain. If you experience any of the following, it's time to pay attention to your posture:
- Feeling stiff
- Tightness when walking or exercising
- Trouble sleeping because you can't get comfortable
- Clenching when trying to hold your body in yoga poses
- Digestion issues
- Fatigue and lack of motivation
Jane's course will train your body to align, open and expand which will combat the daily challenges we're up against. If you are already a Yogi, taking this course will significantly improve your practice on the mat.
Yoga for Posture with Jane
Class #1 in this course helps solve the problem of joint impingement, feeling heavy in certain postures, and pain caused by improper use of our muscles and joints.
Description: In class 2 we focus on actions we can take in our body to create more opening once we have found an aligned spine. This includes, but is not limited to: shoulders, chest, hips, lower back, and lungs.
We've aligned and opened our body. Now we will create more expansion and length throughout our practice. We'll be able to simultaneously hold a yoga pose in stillness while still feeling open and expansive. Energetically expanding with more stability and lengthening, you'll see a noticeable improvement in your practice.
About the instructor
Jane Krantz spent the majority of her life studying movement and the body through dance. She grew up performing and competing nationally with the American Youth Dance Company, based in Bergen County, NJ. After graduating with a BFA in Dance from the Hartt School, University of Hartford, Jane went on to perform with various companies, both nationally and internationally. She quickly found the world of yoga, and fell in love with how it transformed her awareness, movement, and way of being. She spent a year training under the Connecticut School of Yoga at the CT Yoga Center to obtain her 200-hour Hatha Vinyasa teacher certification. Jane combines the various techniques she has learned through yoga, dance, & more to encourage creativity and to continue to discover new pathways of movement. Currently, she is the Vice President of The Hartford Dance Collective, and has performed with the Collective around the country. She is also a professor of dance at the Hartt School Theatre Division, University of Hartford. Most recently, Jane opened her own yoga + wellness space, Afterglow Studio Hartford; which brings quality yoga + wellness experiences to the community in a laid-back space.