A big misconception is that true strength is something that is visible on someone. Although guys with huge muscles may look extremely sturdy or strong, I’ve seen them fall flat on their faces right in front of me, trying to hold their entire body weight on one foot or in an arm balance or backbend. True strength doesn’t come from building up your biceps to look like watermelons; true strength comes from building the small muscles underneath, closest to your bones, which aren’t visible.
The muscles much harder to reach are the ones that enable you to have greater flexibility, strength and alignment on and off the mat. Having superior posture doesn’t come from the large muscle groups in your back and chest, although those do aid. Ultimately, improved posture comes from strengthening the small muscles along your spine and chest: the erector spinae, quadratus lumborum, and pectoralis minor. These muscles help to draw the ribs down, retract the shoulder blades and open the chest. Ideally, the large muscles are relaxed when you are, while still enabling you to maintain good posture. If it feels like hard work to stand straight, the poses below will help. I have chosen these poses because they strengthen the small muscles around your chest, spine and shoulders for better posture: [Read more…] about Poses to Improve Posture