Posture: A Gateway to Self Awareness Tags: Natural Health Postures

Amy L. Lansky, PhD, Contributor
Waking Times

Most people in the modern world tend to have poor posture. I’m sure that part of it is our general detachment from our bodies. We spending most of our days sitting in front of computers, TVs, on couches, in cars, or on punishing assembly lines. Perhaps if we were more in touch with our bodies, with nature, and with the natural functions that our bodies evolved to perform, our posture would be better.

I remember how sad I was as I watched my children’s wonderful and natural child posture slowly deteriorate as they grew older. Slouching at their computer or while watching TV, I constantly tried to get them to “sit up straight!” To no avail, unfortunately. Gradually, this seems to happen to most of us. In fact, poor posture has become so much the norm that chairs, car-seats, and the like are now all designed in such a way that they foster poor posture.

Unfortunately, the ultimate results of chronic poor posture include chronic body pain and even internal organ dysfunction. This is a blind spot of conventional medicine, but is well understood by alternative practitioners such as chiropractors. I’m sure that 90% of the chronic aches and pains that people experience could be rectified through better posture. My own personal posture problem has always been something called a forward neck.  In the past, it has led to all kinds of problems, including tingling on one side of my body.  My problem was finally solved when I went through a series of posture classes called the Gokhale Method, which I wholeheartedly recommend. Another fascinating teaching about posture can be found in F.M. Alexander’s book, The Use of the Self. Many years ago I took lessons from an Alexander teacher on the “Alexander Technique”. It is a form of posture therapy that is popular among musicians and actors, since it is so important for their craft to maintain good posture.

But have you ever considered that body posture pertains not only to our bodies but also to our psyches — our feelings, our thoughts, even our energy bodies? As I point out in Active Consciousness, the spiritual teacher G.I. Gurdjieff was well aware of the relationship between posture and the Self. As he said, “Every race… every nation, every epoch, every country, every class, every profession, has its own definite number of postures and movements… A man is unable to change the form of his thinking or his feeling until he has changed his repertory of postures and movements.”


If you think about it, posture is a key aspect of body language. As Gurdjieff points out, we can even read people’s nationality or profession or social class from their posture. We may not be consciously aware of it, but these kinds of impressions are deep within our unconscious awareness. What messages are you conveying to others through your posture?

Gurdjieff would often require his students to take on unusual postures and hold them in order to feel the effects on their minds and feelings. I decided to use my neck issues as a vehicle for exploring this very thing. I soon discovered that posture, thought, feeling, and sensation all have an intimate relationship with one another. When I was in a particular mental state, I tended to assume a particular posture. And when I deliberately changed my posture, my internal feelings and thought processes immediately changed as well. In other words, I discovered that posture is a gateway to self-awareness!

My meditation teacher Gary Sherman has been emphasizing this point to his students for years. As he points out, aligning with the central core of our bodies can also align us with our inner Selves. During my awareness experiments with my neck, I noticed that when my neck was in the forward position, I had the sense of leaving my body energetically to meet or to perceive others. I felt ungrounded or uncentered with my Self. I also felt a bit more insecure, fearful, or anxious. It evoked the feeling within me of being an anxious or pleading child.

However, when my neck was in the correct position, centered over my spine with my chin down, I felt completely different: energetically centered in my body, more connected to my inner Self, more confident, assured, and relaxed. Aaah. Not only did my body feel better physically, but the rest of me did as well — my thoughts, my feelings, my sensations, and my energy bodies too. And looking in the mirror, I could see that I looked younger as well!

Why not experiment with posture as your next Self-awareness project?

About the Author

Amy Lansky was a NASA researcher in artificial intelligence when her life was transformed by the miraculous homeopathic cure of her son’s autism. In 2003, she published Impossible Cure: The Promise of Homeopathy, now one of the best-selling introductory books on homeopathy worldwide ( Since then, Lansky has broadened her investigations to include ancient and modern teachings about consciousness, synchronicity, meditation, and our collective power to evolve and transform our world. The result is her second book, Active Consciousness: Awakening the Power Within, published in 2011 (  Her blog can be found at


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How To Clean Your Arteries With One Simple Fruit Tags: Natural Health

by Sayer Ji
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(The Best Years in Life) The future of cardiovascular disease prevention and treatment will not be found in your medicine cabinet, rather in your kitchen cupboard or in your back yard growing on a tree.

Pomegranate Found To Prevent Coronary Artery Disease Progression

A new study published in the journal Atherosclerosis confirms that pomegranate extract may prevent and/or reverse the primary pathology associated with cardiac mortality: the progressive thickening of the coronary arteries caused by the accumulation of fatty materials known as atherosclerosis.[i]

Mice with a genetic susceptibility towards spontaneous coronary artery blockages were given pomegranate extract via their drinking water for two weeks, beginning at three weeks of age. Despite the fact that pomegranate treatment actually increased cholesterol levels associated with very low density lipoprotein-sized particles, the treatment both reduced the size of the atherosclerotic plaques in the aortic sinus (the dilated opening above the aortic valve) and reduced the proportion of coronary arteries with occlusive atherosclerotic plaques.

Remarkably, the researchers also found that pomegranate extract treatment resulted in the following beneficial effects:

  • Reduced levels of oxidative stress
  • Reduced monocytie chemotactic protein-1, a chemical messenger (chemokine) associated with inflammatory processes within the arteries.  
  • Reduced lipid accumulation in the heart muscle
  • Reduced macrophage infiltration in the heart muscle
  • Reduced levels of monocyte chemotactic protein-1 and fibrosis in the myocardium
  • Reduced cardiac enlargement
  • Reduced ECG abnormalities

How can something as benign and commonplace as a fruit extract reverse so many aspects of coronary artery disease, simultaneously, as evidenced by the study above?  The answer may lie in the fact that our ancestors co-evolved with certain foods (fruits in particular) for so long that a lack of adequate quantities of these foods may directly result in deteriorating organ function.  Indeed, two-time Nobel Prize winner Linus Pauling argued that vitamin C deficiency is a fundamental cause of cardiovascular disease, owing to the fact that our hominid primate ancestors once had year-round access to fruits, and as a result lost the ability to synthesize it.  [see Linus Pauling vitamin C lectureon GreenMedTV]



This study adds to the already extant body of clinical research indicating that pomegranate can help unclog your arteries.  For instance, back in 2004, the journal Clinical Nutrition published the results of a three year clinical trial in an Israeli population, finding that the daily consumption of pomegranate juice reversed carotid artery stenosis by up to 29% within 1 year.  Remarkably, the blockages in the control group increased 9%, indicating that pomegranate's artery unblocking effects were even greater than at first apparent. [ii]

Pomegranate's value in cardiovascular disease is quite broad, as evidenced by the following experimentally confirmed properties:

  • Anti-inflammatory: Like many chronic degenerative diseases, inflammation plays a significant role in cardiovascular disease pathogenesis. There are five studies on indicating pomegranate's anti-inflammatory properties.[iii]
  • Blood-Pressure Lowering: Pomegranate juice has natural angiotensin converting enzyme inhibiting properties, [iv] and is a nitric oxide enhancer, two well-known pathways for reducing blood pressure. [v] Finally, pomegranate extract rich in punicalagin has been found reduce the adverse effects of perturbed stress on arterial segments exposed to disturbed flow.[vi]
  • Anti-Infective: Plaque buildup in the arteries often involves secondary viral and bacterial infection, including hepatitis C and Chlamydia pneumoniae.[vii] Pomegranate has a broad range of anti-bacterial and anti-viral properties.
  • Antioxidant: One of the ways in which blood lipids become heart disease-promoting (atherogenic) is through oxidation. LDL, for instance, may be technically 'elevated' but harmless as long as it does not readily oxidize. Pomegranate has been found to reduce the oxidative stress in the blood, as measured by serum paraoxonase levels.  One study in mice found this decrease in oxidative stress was associated with 44% reduction in the size of atherosclerotic lesions. [viii]

For additional research on pomegranate's heart friendly properties read our article: Research: Pomegranate May Reverse Blocked Arteries

Also, view our dedicated research section on reversing arterial plaque: Clogged Arteries

See also:

Naturally Prevent and Remove Dangerous Arterial Plaque

Amazing Fact: Pomegranate Can Serve As A Backup Ovary

This article was orginally published at, where you can find the links and references referred to above.


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