|Nina and I on top of the bookcase|
Imagine if Audrey Hepburn slouched her way across the movie screen; it wouldn’t be the same experience would it? What about elegant ladies out to lunch, slumped forward on their elbows while they eat. I just can’t imagine it.
Something I've noticed in the last while is that I am allowing myself to slouch. It feels relaxing and comfortable because there is no effort. I'll slouch eating my dinner, slouch working on the computer and slouch watching tv. Sometimes I'll sit up straighter when I notice, and often I won't.
I was reading a fascinating travel feature on Ethiopia in a magazine with breakfast recently and the author said she noticed the Ethiopian people 'have excellent posture'. That made me think this is something I want to be known for too, and it is much better for you health-wise as well of course.
So from today and here on in I will be focusing on having strikingly good posture. Not just okay posture, but fabulous posture.
To assist with my new focus on posture, I will employ my favourite technique of being pulled up by an invisible string from the top of my head. I instantly sit or stand up straighter without effort. I feel lighter and more elegant. I am taller! Along with this I will tuck my pelvis under and 'quieten' my ribs, as my yoga teacher used to say (she probably still says it, I just haven't been for ages). Quietening your ribs means to bring them into your spine. So you'll have your shoulders back and therefore your chest out, but your ribs don't want to be out too much, just pull them in a little bit.
There are so many benefits I will get from having beautiful posture:
I am less likely to develop a dowager's hump
I am less likely to shrink in height as I grow older
I will appear taller and slimmer
It's great for my guts - all my organs will have more room to relax and do their job
I will be more elegant, which will lead to naturally behaving more elegantly
I will be as striking as an Ethiopian woman standing proud
It is more feminine to stand or sit straight and tall
I will look like someone who has self-respect
My clothes will look better on me
I will not get pains in my shoulders when I type
It will be better for my spine as I age
I’ve been doing this for a few weeks now, since I read that travel article, and I must say it is getting easier all the time. To start with it’s a bothersome effort, but now, when I notice I am slouching, I pull myself up and it’s not hard at all. When I’m standing up, it’s fun to imagine myself being stretched taller. My leg-bones are lengthening, as is my spine, and my head is being pulled towards the sky. Try it, it’s easy!
From there it’s a simple tweak to pull my shoulders back a little bit and voila, my good posture is intact.
How’s your posture while you are reading this? Is it straightening and lifting as you read down the screen? Do you find it easy to keep good posture?
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