Learn about how posture is central part of our lifestyle. Explore key postural topics:
dynamic posture vs. static posture
open vs. closed posture
emergent ideas of posture
modern postural yoga alignment
What is Posture?
Posture can be broadly defined as the physical position that a person assumes consciously or unconsciously. It describes the outer shape and alignment of the musculoskeletal system particularly of the torso, neck, and head at any given point in time. One’s overall posture describes the patterns of physical position and movement over months and years, whereas a pose is an intentional positioning of the body for no more than a few minutes.
The Bowspring is part of an emergent paradigm in postural alignment within the worlds of yoga, fitness, and biomechanics. Increasing number of postural experts are embracing the idea that the body should not be stacked upright to have optional dynamic functionality. Postural systems like the Gokhale method, Foundations, and YogAlign are also advocating an anterior tip of the pelvis for good posture.
Tensegrity - The body is not a compressive structure
The lightness and the strength of the Bowspring posture is a result of the body acting as a tensegrity structure in which there is the balance of push and pull forces throughout the whole musculoskeletal system.
Any posture falls along a spectrum between dynamic and static posture. Dynamic posture is a position of readiness to move efficiently, while static posture is a generally a position of inactivity and rest. Most posture in today's modern world is static and sedentary. The Bowspring is a dynamic posture that can be used for typical static positions like sitting and standing to significantly improve functionality and health.
Our default posture is our most normal, common posture, particularly when we are standing or sitting. It is the posture that we assume without thinking about it. We move into our default posture when we are relaxed, and we also have a default posture when we are stressed.
Closed and open posture reflect the psycho-emotional state of our mind-body. Closed posture is our primal posture in the womb. Like a flower not yet blossomed, it is the posture for sleep, nurture during sickness, sadness, introversion, and for restoration. In turn, open posture is the way we naturally align when we are happy, in love, triumphant, or ready to dynamically act. The Bowspring is a quintessential open posture.
Today, there are dozens of diversified styles of yoga worldwide, yet the vast majority of all yoga systems ascribe to the same general model of asana alignment. The standard paradigm of postural alignment within modern postural yoga derives from only a few Indian yoga teachers of the 20th century.