No one likes to be told to sit or stand up straight—we act as if slumping is our birthright. But consider this: our posture is with us every moment; it affects our circulation, digestion, and how we feel about ourselves. Poor posture contributes to chronic pain and adversely affects our breathing. Many teachers and blog posts talk about the importance of good posture, but few go into the details of how to achieve it. So when we try to straighten up, our efforts are often misdirected or short-lived.

In this seven-part series, Nema Nyar shares her 30-year quest for good posture and guides us in specific exercises and awareness practices that counter common postural misalignments. These posts take into consideration both the physical and emotional causes of poor posture and conclude with a focus on pranic alignment in seated meditation.