I’m a shortie. Can yoga make me look taller?
It totally can! Yoga teaches you an awareness of your body, which can improve your posture outside of class. For example, to get into a deeper twist, you should first extend your spine as you inhale, which prevents compression in your back so you can rotate your body to its max (but still safe) place.
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With regular practice, this consciousness of your body in space overflows into everyday life, so you can control how you carry yourself. You’re more likely to sit with a tall spine, lifting out of your lower back and keeping your shoulder blades rolled back—all of which can give the appearance of a vertically blessed person.
—Kathryn Budig, yoga teacher and author of The Women’s Health Big Book of Yoga. Follow her at YogaGlo.com.
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