I’ve come a long way in my personal alignment journey over the last decade. I can totally relate to the challenge and awkwardness that goes along with changing not-so-great habits we’ve unknowingly built into our body.
For example, I used to walk and sit with my tailbone tucked underneath me and this felt completely normal and totally comfortable.
But, as I began to learn more about the human body, alignment and movement, I also learned where my pelvis actually needed to be for optimal alignment and whole-body health.
Boy did it feel awkward and wrong at first and that was a real shock as I realized how out of alignment and completely unaware I’d been all my life.
Correcting my pelvis tucking habit has been a HUGE process. Unfortunately, it’s not something that you can discover, fix on the spot, and then be good to go for the rest of your life.
It’s a day-by-day retraining process that has the potential to be really annoying at times.
But, once you discover where your pelvis needs to be and how that feels, instead of being frustrated or annoyed, you can celebrate the fact that you noticed.
The very first step to changing poor alignment patterns is discovering what they are. Then you can begin to change the pattern by catching yourself when you fall into it.
So, catching yourself in a sub-optimal alignment pattern is HUGE to recognize because if you don’t catch it when it’s happening, you can’t correct it!
My optimal alignment feels normal to me now. But, when I get tired or stressed I still revert to my old patterns of holding my body. I’ve learned to take it as a cue to check in with myself and see how I’m feeling and what’s going on around me.
My old patterns let me know it’s time for me to take a breather, or get some rest.
A few years ago, after I thought I’d gotten super familiar with it and nailed my optimal pelvic alignment, I was humbled to learn that I was still secretly tucking my pelvis a little bit.
The small shift I still needed to make revealed itself while I was trying to find neutral on my hands and knees. In today’s video, I’m taking you through the exercise that led me to this discovery!
Check out the video, give the exercise a try and let me know what you think. I’d love to hear how it goes in the comments below.
See you in the studio,
P.S. Today’s video builds on our last post, so make sure you check out the Drawstring Abdominals video first if you haven’t already!