It is not quite Natural posture.

Shizentai means "natural posture". However, it is not your ordinary posture.

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You must learn the natural posture in order to stand naturally. Yes. Very complicated but you will get used to the posture.

The key point are;

  • to straighten the back of your neck,
  • to pull your chin in,
  • to tighten the butt cheeks.

It does not sound like a natural posture. Very uncomfortable for the first time you try.

Probably you know there is a difference between being relaxing and being lazy.

We do not want to be lazy. We need an effort to keep your posture but you can be relax.

That is what we want. Ok, this is how we create this natural posture. 

Upper body

1. lift your shoulders
2. bring your shoulders back (it feels like your shoulder blades meet at the back) 
3. drop your shoulders.

natural posture, sholders up
natural posture side view

This naturally sticks your chest out so that your shoulders will not roll forwards.

4. keep your chin in but not too much.
5. keep the back of your neck straight.

natural posture sholders back, front view
natural posture shoulders back, side view
natural posture, chin in,
Keep Your Chin in
natural posture, bad example
Bad Example: Chin Away

bad natural posture, bad posture
Bad Example:
Pretty bad posture
bad natural posture, chest out
Bad Example:
Chest Out Too Much

Lower body

1. tighten your buttocks
2. heels together and toes apart (45 degrees between toes)

natural posture foot

When you tighten your buttocks, probably you feel the abs and the hamstrings tightened too.

You feel taller.

Now I know it feels weird but you will get used to it. In other words, do it until it becomes "natural".

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