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According to Sanford Health, your posture is essentially how your muscles and bones work together to keep your body upright. Your posture has a significant effect on how you use your body each day. And it matters more than you might think. Keep reading today’s Studio 108 blog to find out why and also for tips on how to improve your posture starting today.

Why Posture Is So Important

If you’ve ever slouched over your desk and felt pain in your lower back or sat hunched over your phone for hours on end and had a stiff neck, you’ve already felt the effects of poor posture. Having proper posture does everything from preventing pains in these muscles to enhancing your breathing and circulation while reducing abnormal wear and tear on your joints and bones.

Stand Up Straight

Your mother always told you to stand up straight. Turns out, there’s something to that after all. When you stand tall, your spine gets to rest in its most natural, neutral position. Standing up straight means your chin is parallel to the floor, as are your back and shoulders. This creates even weight distribution and reduces strain on your overall body. Plus, standing straight makes you look as tall as possible; if you don’t believe that matters, take a quick look online to learn more about celebrity heights and why we are so obsessed with them.

Yoga To The Rescue

If you’re already feeling the pains of poor posture, it’s time to put on your yoga pants and get acquainted with the downward dog. Yoga helps you stretch your body and be more mindful of how you sit, stand, and move. Yoga at Studio 108 is affordable and accessible to people with all types of fitness goals, improved posture included.

Visiting A Chiropractor Can Help

A chiropractor can help with issues related to chronic back pain by offering a customized treatment plan specific to whether your pain is caused by an injury, health condition, or simply poor posture. Your chiropractor can also give you tips and advice on how to maintain proper posture if you have injuries that might otherwise prevent this. Something important to keep in mind here is that your chiropractor will want to see your medical records. You can easily turn these into digitally manageable medical records with this PDF tool. Then, if you need to send them information from your previous healthcare providers, you can quickly and easily do so by pulling the pages you need, renaming them, and saving them to your phone or emailing them to your doctor’s office directly.

Working on computers each day is one of the primary reasons that people have poor posture. But it doesn’t have to be that way. When you pay attention to how you sit, stand, and move, you can reduce stress on your muscles and joints and improve back pain. It’s not hard, and a combination of simple lifestyle changes, such as standing tall, doing yoga, visiting your chiropractor, and reducing stress in your life, all play a big role in your posture and pain.

Theresa Conlon

Theresa is a Yoga Alliance certified instructor (200-hour RYT) who has been teaching since 2013. She is skilled in various yoga styles including Hatha, Ashtanga, Vinyasa Flow, Restorative, and Meditation. Theresa also brings an extensive dance background to her yoga practice, which includes teaching both modern dance and ballet. She has over 40 years of dance/theater performing experience and currently showcases her choreography as part of Bergen Dance Makers, a dance collective in northern New Jersey. Theresa’s yoga classes offer a calming mix of traditional asana postures and creative movement flows, supported by energy-moving breath. Students of all skill levels are invited to find ease and peace in their bodies/minds/spirits through the joyful bliss of yoga movement.

Carrie Parker Gastelu

Carrie Parker Gastelu, E-500 RYT, has been teaching yoga since 1993. Carrie began her journey when Yogi Raj Mani Finger initiated Carrie into the ISHTA Yoga lineage after training with Mani’s son, Yogi Raj Alan Finger. In addition, she has studied many other yoga traditions as well as anatomy, physiology, movement, and awareness practices to create an eclectic style all her own. She is known for her honest, non-dogmatic yet passionate approach.

Carrie is a regular speaker and contributor at conferences, websites, and print publications and has been featured in Fit Magazine, the Yoga Zone Book, and in the Yoga Zone Video, “Flexibility and Stress Release.”

Lisa Podesta-Coombs

When Lisa found yoga in 2008, she started to find herself again and it set her on a path of health and healing. She received her 200HR RYT certification from Raji Thron of Yoga Synthesis, and her 30HR Chakra Yoga Teacher Training certificate with Anodea Judith and holds a Y12SR (Yoga of 12 Step Recovery) certification. She is also a Holistic Health Coach (certified through the Institute for Integrative Nutrition). Lisa believes we’re all on a journey of learning how to trust ourselves; she helps her clients build that trust by supporting them in creating better habits for a better life through various functional movement modalities like yoga, barre, Pilates & strength training, mindset, and whole food nutrition.

Forever a student with a passion for people, holistic health, and self-actualization, Lisa is always embracing opportunities to advance her education to better serve; Ayurveda workshops & immersions have been of particular interest as she continues to deepen her knowledge of and experience with food as medicine and she recently completed Unleash Her Power Within, a transformational program of rediscovering our truest selves, powered by Tony Robbins.  

As she continues to give herself space and grace to nourish her natural self and actualize her potential, Lisa continues to share the gift of movement as medicine to inspire authenticity & health in body, mind, and spirit. You can expect mindful, accessible, dynamic, playful, and uplifting classes from Lisa.

Tanisha Sutton

Tanisha’s yoga journey began when she was an undergraduate student studying at university. Changes in her health coupled with anxiety over grades, relationships, and life in general, forced her to search for healthy lifestyle choices she could implement to help manage the stress that she was experiencing as a new adult. A friend of hers suggested that she attend some community yoga classes to help with the anxiety and increase her daily physical activity. Initially, she was reluctant and filled with all these false ideas about yoga and the people who practiced yoga. Like many others, she was concerned that her body type and lack of flexibility automatically excluded her from being a student. Curiously yet hesitantly, she journeyed on to her first class and began laying the foundation for a home and public practice that has supported her over the years.

On this journey, she has discovered that yoga has nothing to do with appearances nor is there anything, but an open mind needed to begin. She intends to provide you with a gentle yoga session that is safe, inclusive, and accessible. Her classes are an expression of self-love and are a deliberate choice to tend to ALL the parts of our being that are neglected, ignored, or disregarded during the hustle and bustle of everyday life. Through meditation, deep breathing, and gentle movement we will collectively share space to observe, rest and re-set. Tanisha is honored to share her practice with you and looks forward to seeing you on the mat!