Posture - a barometer of emotions
Five tips for developing good posture
- Take up a body practice that helps you to develop posture awareness (yoga, Tai Chi, Feldenkrais, etc). I have found body practice very good for me. I practised karate for eighteen years but have now switched to yoga. I’ll often do twenty minutes of yoga before meditating.
- Notice your habitual patterns of posture. How do they relate to ingrained mind-states? One of the things I suffer from is tension in the shoulders. It tends to come on when I feel a load of responsibility (which is most of the time!). I find it helpful to simply notice my raised shoulders and then to let them go.Notice your posture when standing. If your shoulders are rounded or your back swayed, stand against a wall and re-align your body. (Do this a few times each day). I’m always surprised to find that the wall tells me I’m still bent, even when I feel at full stretch. Then I find some areas in the spine that can be stretched even further.
- Notice your posture when sitting. Do you slouch? Can you sit upright, even on the sofa? How is it when you walk? Catch sight of yourself in shop window. Do you bend forward or do you lean back? What does this signal about you?
- Notice the posture of people you meet. What does their posture say about them?