This video describes the principles of natural alignment that are the basis for everything I write about here. People often want to know if these “rules” are at odds with established, well-known exercise programs or movement education methods. They can be, if they’re done in opposition to the body’s natural design. By contrast, this also helps explain why certain non-stretching or non-strengthening approaches such as Tai Chi, Qi Gong, Alexander Technique or Feldenkrais can be so beneficial. Any one of these methods can be practiced in ways that conform to the body’s design, or not, and this nifty little video shows us what the bottom-line alignment looks like. It boils down to the simple fact that the design of the human body is governed by physical laws that apply to physics, engineering and architecture, and conforming to these laws is a non-negotiable requirement for experiencing comfort, ease, natural flexibility, authentic strength and enduring vitality.