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AlignNOW Podcast: Episode #5 - Meet Your Feet

podcast Feb 06, 2020

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This episode breaks down natural alignment details of the foot, a masterpiece of engineering, designed to support an aligned body through the decades of our lifetime. Sadly, few people enjoy the benefits of having naturally aligned feet, which contributes to a long list of problems throughout the entire body. In this episode called Meet Your Feet, I guide you through a series of exercises for how to begin strengthening and rebuilding your feet, along with a helpful and comprehensive visual summary you can download and refer to as a study guide.
You can also watch a short video about how newborn infants begin working their feet as soon as they make their appearance from the womb: 

And finally, here's a fascinating video that explains how arches work: 

 
Wishing you happy standing, walking, running, and dancing on your soon-to-be Happy Feet!
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AlignNOW Podcast: Episode #4 - Relief & Success: Patra Conley's Story

podcast Dec 12, 2019

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I’ve never interviewed anyone before. This was fun and easy to do, because Patra Conley is someone I already know, and she loves to talk and share her thoughts and ideas, and she has a great sense of humor. Best of all, she is as big a fan of natural alignment as I am, having reaped many benefits from learning how to apply this to her own life.

Patra was living and working on the Big Island of Hawai'i when she had to stop working due to the pain she was experiencing in her neck and shoulders. She subsequently moved to Portland, Oregon, to explore other work opportunities.

In this episode she tells her story about how learning about principles of natural alignment took her from early 'retirement' back to being able to resume here career as a massage therapist.

After Patra learned principles of natural alignment and began to apply them to how she inhabited her body and moved in the course of her daily activities, big...

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AlignNOW Podcast: Episode #3 - Nature's Rules - As Old as the Hills

podcast Nov 24, 2019

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Nature's Rules - As Old as the Hills

Modern day posture and innate posture are very different. One is an adaptation that is contrived, while the other is just naturally as old as the hills.

This episode focuses on the relationship between old-as-the-hills Nature and its relationship with Science, which, it can be argued, always existed even before humans came along and discovered it. It's in these and countless other ways that Nature and Science converge and overlap. It's easy to think of Nature and Science as being very different from each other, since Nature is all about magnificence, mystery and splendor, while Science is precise, factual, and predictable.

Be sure to listen for the guided exercise that explores our human connection with Nature and Science that can be directly experienced through our own individual body—a body that we don't just have as a possession, but a body that we are—as a way of being in...
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AlignNOW Podcast: Episode #2 - How to Sit Like a Happy Dog

podcast Oct 18, 2019

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How to Sit Like a Happy Dog

Sad dogs tuck their tails between their legs, causing their spines to collapse and their backs to round. Happy dogs, on the other hand, wag their tails behind them, from a position that supports a naturally elongated and supple spine.

Dogs and people have very different anatomical designs, but Kathleen found this one analogy came in very handy when working with children, who could readily understand this concept and apply it easily to themselves.

Episode 2 of AlignNOW breaks down some basic details about the role of the pelvis in supporting an aligned, upright spine, and guides listeners through a step-by-step experience of moving from slouched collapse, to the common over-corrected stance (which so often passes for “good” posture in our part of the world, to the relaxed, comfortable and genuinely strong center that is built in to our human design.

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AlignNOW Podcast: Episode #1 - What the Heck is Good Posture, Anyway?

podcast posture Oct 02, 2019

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Truly good posture is not what we’ve all been taught.

Our society’s beliefs about posture are quite different from the natural posture that all healthy, well-developing babies, everywhere in the world, discover on their own when figuring out how to sit up, stand, and walk. More often than not, those people in the world who never lose the natural alignment that defines healthy posture, are likely to be free of pain, while also enjoying solid, bone deep strength and easy flexibility for a whole lifetime.

In this first episode of AlignNOW, Kathleen Porter introduces the alignment concepts that have defined her own life since she first learned this information nearly twenty-five years ago. She guides each listener through an individual exploration of three distinct ways of inhabiting the body—collapsed, over-corrected, and the relaxed comfort and strength at the center of our physical being.

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