How can we maintain healthy posture throughout the day when our habit posture is persistently unhealthy? I tend to over arch or hunch
Good question. I think this is a common struggle for many.
I find the best thing to do is to try to encourage a light lifting sensation throughout your spine, as though you have a string attached to the top of your head and someone is always gently pulling it up. That will help you remain tall, but not in a forceful way. Lightness is the key.
I hope that helps.
I’ve found that I’m much better about catching myself slouching or arching over than I used to be after starting my yoga practice last June. It takes a conscious mind to try to catch yourself when you are hunched over or are slouching, but the more conscious you are of it, the more you’ll catch it.
I’ve always had shoulders that hunched forward. It took a lot of effort and constant reminding by others to fix it. It was only after a yoga teacher pointed out to me that my spine was slightly curved that I realized why. The bad posture also meant that the muscles were weak. The shoulder stretching, back and core strengthening poses in yoga have really helped with that. Really, I’ve noticed a huge difference. Now I feel I have the strength to hold better posture but with a lightness that David mentioned. It also starts to become muscle memory with regular practice. It takes time. I still often find myself hunching but now I notice it. It actually feels uncomfortable not to stand or sit straight!