Yo Joan! Using the beat of music to improve posture

“Love to hear it!” Gloria Estefan

Spring is here!!

First thing to do is find Gloria Estafan on YouTube singing, Turn the Beat Around.

Then, “Turn it up turn it up, turn it upside down.”

If you’re still sitting after hearing this song there’s a good chance your back is curved or starting to. A curved back makes your breath shallower. It compresses the lungs making it difficult for them to fully expand.

So, bring your back up straight. Settle into the feeling of your spine lengthening. You might even be able to hear the vertebrae click into place…

“Love to hear the percussion,”

Great! Now bring your focus to the back of the neck. Let your shoulders come down away from your ears. Is your chest starting to open a bit more? An open chest allows for an open heart and we all know…

“That rhythm carries all the action,”

Feel the back of your neck elongating. Try doing this stretch without moving your chin. Keep the chin parallel to the table or desk. As the shoulders push down the back of the neck extends and the vertebrae naturally line up …

“With a syncopated rhythm with the scratch- scratch-scratch…”

A magnificent stretch of your neck can actually brighten your view too! It opens your breath, opens your spine, opens your heart, opens your mind,

and of course…

“Makes you want to move your body yeah, yeah, yeah,”

“Turn the beat around

Love to hear the percussion

Turn it upside down

Love to hear it

Love to hear it

Love to hear the percussion


Joan can be reached at  She is a resident of St. Charles. She’s a musician too. Her website is