We are a product of our environments. We are a product of our parents. Monkey see, monkey do. What are your little monkeys observing in the day to day? Posture is no little thing on the list of providing our children with happy, healthy and safe lives. But, if we are constantly revolving around a sedentary life, how can we lead by example and show them how to move through this life with healthy posture?
Since the internet and cell phones became a household and even an individual norm things have shifted, quite literally. We sit too much, in cars, on the couch, at school and at work. We are sitters. For the sake of our children, we need to become movers and shakers again. For the sake of ourselves, we need to change this idea of “back breaking” work and do things with posture and muscular support that allows us to work hard without “breaking your back.”
Two quick steps in the right direction:
1 Sit more. Wait, what?! Let me explain: Not on a chair, not on a couch, not with a screen and not with a slouch. Dr. Suess rhymes aside, we need to squat. We need to squat and work the posterior chain that gets neglected. The backside of the body needs more attention and the spine needs that support. Six packs are pretty and all, but you know all the sayings: Don’t judge a book by its cover. Beauty is only skin deep. Bark with no bite.
2 Posture, posture, posture. This is where having a Yoga practice gives you an upper hand. Practice at home and practice in front of your kids. Their incredible human brain will process and digest what they are seeing. I’ve always said it is no wonder every mother and father thinks that their child is a genius…humans are amazing! Lead by example and show them correct posture. Telling them to sit up straight means very little if they have never seen it before.
If the above is a rant about the asana of Yoga then below is my little rant about the awareness of Yoga.
Processing information is hard, especially when you are learning rapidly, growing rapidly and experiencing heightened emotions that are relatively new. You might think I’m talking about you at this point, but I’m actually referring to children. When you stare at them in disbelief because they are reacting with such intensity, remember that it is all very real to them and they are experiencing those emotions inside no matter how irrational it seems to an adult. It is very overwhelming and takes age and time to process in a more socially acceptable manner. I know this from personal experience. I too was once a child. Seriously though, often times reflection can be the easiest path to compassion. You don’t just get off the hook as an adult either, this is a life long battle of thinking before you act or even thinking about how you act. Yoga teaches us patience and that life itself is a practice. One more time: Life itself is a practice. Practice makes progress. Practice what you preach. Lead by example. Awareness. I guess I was talking about you after all.
By Holly Fiske
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