Improving posture may take time. Our posture tends to become poor because of our lifestyle; sitting in a car, at a desk, at our tv, at our computer. If your posture has been consitantly poor for several years or more, it may take some serious retraining of your muscles and consistant mental focus or 'awareness' of your body in space. One thing is certain, good posture is important for health! The benefits of good posture are too numerous to list, from injury prevention to a sense of well being, the list goes on and on. In most cases poor posture can be corrected by some simple stretching, stregthening and, what I like to call, 'regrouping'. To regroup, do a personal assesment by guiding your awareness through different checkpoints in your body, from the feet to the head. Start standing while looking in a full body mirror if available. Look at your feet, do they point out, or in? Bring your toes forward, knees over the tops of your feet. Keep your knees slighty engaged, don't let them lock. Tuck your tailbone under, then stick it out behind you. Then bring it to a neutral place, or rooted downward. From there inhale and begin to lengthen your spine. Visualize creating space between each vertebrae. Next, roll your shoulders forward, shrug to your ears, then roll them back, flatten your shoulderblades, then gently bring your shoulders down and 'slide' your shoulderblades down your back. This lifts and opens your chest. Finally lengthen your neck. Let the base of your skull 'float' on top of the spinal cord. Lift the crown of the head upward. Do the same exercise when you are sitting, only begin with both feet on the floor (no crossed legs), then start from the tailbone upward. Eventually this regrouping can be done in about 30 seconds without having to look in the mirror. This exercise helps you become aware of the places that are tight and the places that are open. For example, it may be difficult to roll the shoulders and flatten the scapulae (shoulderblades). Simple stretches of tight areas (perhaps the chest) and stregthening of the weak areas (the upper back) my be necessary. Bring awareness of your posture into your day. Try setting your watch to beep every hour and take the first 30 seconds of each hour to regroup and walk your mind through the checkpoints in your body. Whether you are active or static, practice until good posture becomes a habit.