You walk into your yoga or Pilates class with a slouch, then for 60 to 90 minutes you focus on your body, your spine, your alignment. But when class ends, does all that postural awareness leave when you walk out the door? One Brooklyn-based yoga instructor, dismayed by his students posture before and after class, created walking classes. He explained that even if you do your yoga practice is flawless, walking around in a constant slouch your spine, hips, shoulders, knees, and feet will pay price of your poor posture. After teaching Pilates for years I can attest that learning how to walk correctly is a way to avoid odd overuse injuries, created from bad habits and faulty alignment.
The majority of people don't pay attention to how they walk though, and many don't want to take the time to learn how to correct their flawed patterns. Most people want an instant fix. But think about it, if you take the 10,000 recommended daily steps, walking will affect your posture more than taking Pilates or yoga once a week.
While I am intrigued by the idea of a walking class, I am not sure I would take one. I assume they cost the same amount as a group yoga class, but it could be helpful to have an outside eye analyze my gait. I am sure it could have a positive impact on running as well as walking l. I believe learning how to walk can really help with lower-back pain as well as knee and hip pain.
But, what about you . . .