In a recent post I wrote, “Your posture affects everything about you. It affects your mood, your athletic abilities, your expression of strength and speed. It affects brain and blood flow. And it affects how others react to you.”
Today, a little bit more on the above.
Last week, Steve, a college professor, dropped by for his monthly training session with me.
Steve had been talking to one of my other clients, Raymond, who raved to him about the energy that radiates off of him, the energy he has to put into his business and how people notice something different about him as soon as he enters a room.
Steve wanted to know what I taught Raymond. So I started with his posture, showing him how to make a few subtle adjustments. As soon as Steve implemented the first suggestion, he felt an electric current in his palms and fingers. (Yes, your body is electric, if you know how and where to plug it in.)
Then he followed my instructions and implemented the second change. Now he felt his feet beginning to light up.
After following the third suggestion, which stretches the spine up and down simultaneously, I asked, “Do you feel that?”
“I definitely feel it. This is huge. What a difference.”
“This is what you’re not being taught in any of the other posture programs,” I noted. “It’s the subtleties that matter more than what some textbook or APP on proper posture will tell you. It’s all about connection. You can appear to have great posture by making a series of mechanical fixes, but in many regards, you’re consuming empty calories.”
“What do you mean?” Steve wondered.
“It’s hollow advice. It’s empty exercises that might look good, but you get nothing from them other than ‘the look.’ So you pulled your shoulders back? So freakin what? That doesn’t do jack squat for you energetically. In fact, it will probably drain you of energy. But what I’m teaching you gives you more energy because what I’m telling you to do takes unnecessary effort out of the equation.”
“No doubt,” Steve replied. “This posture is easy to maintain.”
“Truth,” I added. “If you’re putting a lot of effort into this, you’re probably doing it wrong.”
I then showed Steve how to apply the posture exercise we were doing athletically. It’s one thing to stand still – and quite another to move from any position with speed, power and grace. You cannot do this with posture work alone. You have to feel the connection spreading throughout your entire body when you’re in a posture, then you learn to apply it to an activity.
Before Steve left my place he felt 10 feet tall instead of 5’10” – and he had a natural spring in his step, one he had never felt before.
As we walked out to his car, I could feel the energy coming off Steve from 20 feet away. He now has the walk that lights up a room and gives him the energy to put into anything else he wants.
Want some of this?
Then get thy hands on my Power Postures program, and most importantly, DO the exercises. They will make a believer out of you, whether you believe me now or not.
P.S. By the way, if you’re interested in training with me in person, I’m having a Badass Taiji and Qi Gong small group event February 23-25, in Tampa Bay, Florida. I have space for two more people who fit the type of person I am looking for. If you’re interested in attending, email me at firstname.lastname@example.org