May 292008
 

When my Mother was in her mid fifties I noticed she was leaning forward as she walked. Years later, as I reached a similar age, I became aware I was doing the same thing. Like mother, like daughter!

I knew that if I perpetuated this misalignment I might be heading for a health problem.

Thinking about my posture, I realised my mind was wanting to get to my destination faster than I was walking. For a while I would make a conscious effort to correct my posture, then I would forget, and revert to leaning forward as I walked.

Later, I came to appreciate three simple keys to an effortless, perfect posture.

Three keys to walking with ease and grace

1.  Wear flat, comfortable shoes

What your wear on your feet is the foundation for your posture. High heels throw your hips, spine, head and neck right out of alignment. Poorly fitting shoes cause discomfort to the foot, which is transmitted as tension to other parts of your body.

So the first step is to wear comfortable, dare I say ‘sensible’ shoes! Fortunately, these days there are plenty of fashionable styles which are also comfortable.

My Mother brought us up to care for our feet, so I was fortunate to have this foundation in place.

Which of your shoes are flat and comfortable?

2.  Lead from your pelvis

Like so many keys to healthy living, this one is disarmingly simple!

As you walk, lead from your pelvis.

This comes from Eastern forms of movement, including Tai Chi and Chi Gong, where you take your attention to, and move from, your body’s centre of gravity, which is located in the pelvis.

You see it in exaggerated form on the catwalk, where models thrust their pelvises forward, and end up leaning back! That’s going overboard; the aim is for a vertical spine.

Try it for yourself: lead from your pelvis as you walk, slowly at first, and notice how the whole of your upper body rearranges itself. Your shoulders drop and your arms swing easily. It may feel strange for a while; soon you’ll find an ease in this way of walking that you want to keep.

For me, walking from my pelvis, immediately changed my posture to one of grace and ease. That is, as long as I remembered to do it, which is where the third key comes in…

3.  Be present

For me, leading from my pelvis was fine, until my mind took over and I reverted to my old habit of thinking into the future about my destination, and started to learn forward again.

The third key, which finally resolved my poor walking posture, was to stay in the present, as we have been continually reminded by Oprah and Tolle in their course ‘A New Earth’.

The more I stay present with my walking, the longer I remember to walk from my pelvis with a perfect posture.

How to stay present? Be aware of your body and your breath, focus on leading from your sacrum, enjoy the sensations you encounter along your walk. Be ‘in the now’.

Question:

How is your posture when you walk? You might like to ask someone to watch, and give you some feedback.

Reflection:

If you feel you could improve your walking posture, which of the three keys will help you?

Action:

What will you do to improve your walking posture today?

The Delicious Nugget: Flat comfortable shoes, walking from the sacrum, and being present with your walking are the keys to walking with a perfect posture. Adopt these habits and you’ll feel great as you walk!

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  6 Responses to “How to walk with perfect posture”

  1. Right leg . Pain radiates from L5 up to the shoulder blade down the right side through the hip to the back of the knee,

    • Cliff, I’m sorry you’re experiencing pain. I wonder how your experience differs when you walk with ‘perfect posture’? It sounds as it here’s an imbalance in your skeleton, in which case Kinetic Chain Release would help. Do contact me if you would like some assistance.

  2. hi, whenever I walk, I put more pressure on one leg. People often ask me, is there any problem with my leg? or is your leg injured? I don’t feel good. I have recently got married and want to correct my walking style. Please help me.

    • Hi Reena, I wonder if you’ve tried leading your walk from your pelvis as described in the article?

      I’d really need some more information to help you further, and suggest you contact me privately.

  3. Hi Deanesha,

    Thanks for getting in touch. It must be annoying that your friends are making fun of you.

    However, it’s your legs they are commenting on, not the true inner you, which shines on regardless. When you remember that it’s only your legs they are commenting on, their comments will seem less hurtful, and when you feel less hurt, they may well stop teasing you.

    Have you tried calmly telling them that you find it hurtful when they comment on your legs, so please would they stop?

    I don’t know how ‘bowed’ your legs are: possibly your friends may be making ‘much ado about nothing’.

    In case there is a significant bow in your legs, there are inspiring reports of Quantum Touch healing helping ‘straighten’ out bow legs at http://tinyurl.com/4vad2d and http://tinyurl.com/3l8vy9

    I hope this helps, do contact me if I can help you further.

  4. iam in the 7 grade and my friends allways make fun of me because iam bow legged and i wish i was pegontoed so can any one help me if so email me at deaneshapatterson@yahoo.com thanks

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