Posture, Your Attitude and Your Health
by Tara Caroselli
Transformation can be
achieved once we have awareness.
We can change anything. It is within our power to change
because we have freewill to make choices.
Self Observation Assists in Awareness and Transformation
Lets take a walk together and have a look at ways we
may be holding undue stress in our bodies. Often it is
our habits that do not support our ease of movement and
Below is a checklist. Do not to be critical of
yourself. The idea is to self-observe and become aware
of what is going on in your body. Have you ever noticed
any of these actions? What messages are we receiving
about the actions we are performing that are not working
- Do you experience numbness anywhere in the body?
Neck, arms, hands or feet?
- Do you stand with your knees locked straight?
- Do you have tension in your neck and shoulders at
the end of the day?
- Do you walk leading with your head? Is the rest of
your body just coming along for the ride?
- Do you have a hump at the base of your neck and at
the top of your spine?
- Do you stand or sit with your arms crossed? Legs
Posture is our inner attitude
reflected outwards to the world.
Change your attitude; Change your life.
Change your posture; Change your world.
Emotional Beliefs about ourselves, which may not
necessarily be true, is an example of the way our inner
attitudes can affect us. What the mind thinks, the body
does. For example, "People will like me if I am
shorter. I don’t want to stick out so I will try and
Flight or Fight is another inside and outside
influence. Our bodies are not designed to hold these
modes for long periods of time. Short spurts of action
and adrenalin are fine. We are designed to run from the
saber tooth tiger when necessary. But once the chase is
over, we are to let go, shake it off and relax.
If we are in a flight or fight mode and we do not
drop it and get back to neutral, we then carry that
tension into our next task. This holding is called
"Stress." We have all heard about how stress
affects us overall and wears out our bodies.
Breathing is another thing that is affected by
flight or fight. When in this mode, our breathing
becomes shallow and we get only small amounts of
oxygen--not a lung full, which would be optimal for the
body to function at its peak. Oxygen is one of our major
We don’t have to hold onto tension. We can get into
a neutral zone where we do not react to
everything around us. We respond instead. We
respond with ideas, solutions, and right actions. We do
not have to take the stress on. We have a choice. We are
not victims of our environment. We have freewill.
Our posture is the silent message
we give to people on how we see, relate and interact
with the world around us.
Posture has become a dirty word. We hear all the old
voices saying, "Sit up straight." Or "Sit
back in you chair."
We were born with natural balance and poise. Over
time, we can lose this by misusing our bodies, or
holding on to inside and outside influences.
Transformation comes from the release of old behavior
habits and compensations. We were born with natural
balance and poise, and we can regain it again.
The human body is a miracle. It seeks out balance and
healing from the minute we are born. We just have to get
out of the way.
The importance of good posture is a thousand fold.
- Good posture allows free movement of energy, blood,
nerve impulses, and oxygen. This, in turn, assists the
body to work more efficiently and heal more effectively.
Good Posture allows our inner body to be free of blocks
and tension, to assist in optimal health
- Good posture is a fluid adjustment of the moving
body, through a changing environment.
- Good posture is a fluid action where the body is
moving in union with all the other body parts with out
holding onto stress. The body is always seeking balance
Natural balance, poise and ease of
movement are our birthright. Only when we become aware,
can we change things. We had it once, we can have it
Copyright © 2002 by Tara Caroselli. All Rights
Tara Caroselli has
actively practiced yoga and meditation on a regular
basis since 1978. She most recently lived in upstate NY
in Shree Muktananda Ashram from 1991-1999. Prior to that
she lived in Gurudev Siddha Peeth India, the mother
Ashram of Siddha Yoga, from 1989-1991. She has also
lived in Australia where she studied a variety of
healing arts. Her training background includes: Applied
Kinesiology, Massage, various styles of Yoga and
meditation, Body training and Joyful Posture taught by
Jean Pierre. She has also studied Alexander Technique,
and continues her studies in California.
Tara offers classes in a
private Studio in Santa Monica and is also available for
speaking engagements. Further Information is available
by calling (310) 396-1159 or e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org