12/13/2008 05:12 am ET Updated Nov 17, 2011

Learning To Walk: Why You Might Need A Refresher Course

Few of us think we need a course in walking any more than we'd need a course in breathing, but Mr. FitzGordon insists that most Americans don't have a clue how to step, a problem he first noticed among his yoga students. "People would enter with terrible posture," he said. "Then they'd do beautiful yoga, and listen to everything I said about alignment. As soon as class ended, they went straight into the bad posture."

To help students take their practice into the street, Mr. FitzGordon incorporated walking lessons into his yoga classes, as well as teaching small group and individual sessions. His clients are mostly people who have visited doctors, chiropractors and massage therapists in search of relief for muscle or joint pain.

Under Mr. FitzGordon's instruction, the clients try to correct their entire movement system rather than address aching knees or shoulders in isolation. "The body is like a machine," he said. "Each part has it's own job, and everything is connected."

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