It’s hard to reach for the stars when gravity pulls you down. Being grounded is a wonderful thing, but if you allow yourself to collapse down into your hips and feet, you will grow shorter while creating compression and pain instead of lifting your spine and creating space.
The first summer Olympics I remember watching is when Nadia Comăneci became the first gymnast to be awarded a perfect score of 10 in an Olympic gymnastics event. My sisters and I couldn’t do any of the gymnastic movements we saw but we could do a pretty good imitation of the final “Ta-daa!” with our arms overhead and our chest thrown forward.
We sit too much and it’s killing us. Dr. James Levine at Mayo Clinic warns that excessive sitting has the same negative consequences as smoking on our body and our life.
Most of us lack mobility in our hips. And because our hips are tight and we grip our tailbones, we bend forward from our backs and not from the hips. Unfortunately, rounding the back at the ribs and the low back causes long term negative effects on our backs.