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Tuesday, January 12, 2016

Posture Tip: Chest Expansion

slouched, constricted chest
Many students (and every day folk) have posture problems. Many of us have lost the war with gravity, and are sagging by the hour. Because our bodies are hunching little by little, our self confidence shrinks as well. To show you what I mean, here is a photo of one student who graciously agreed to pose with less than ideal standing posture.

Our focus this month is on posture. Here is a quick practice tip concerning standing posture and in particular the chest area, which will also affect the back and shoulders in a positive way. I asked my student to expand his chest area. I actually suggested that he widen his chest so that it was wider than his back. I could have also suggested that he lower his shoulder blades down in the back as well, but that may be a tip and suggestion for another day. Today I suggested only that my student widen the chest area. Here is the result.
expanded chest

When I showed the picture to my student, he was amazed at the transformation. When I asked him to indicate which picture exhibited a performer with the most confidence, my student handily picked the expanded chest photo.

Not only do appearances indicate that a person feels confident. People who stand with an outside look of confidence also claim to feel that level of confidence on the inside as well.

As we focus on posture issues this month, consider how you elect to hold yourself. Are you winning the gravity war?

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Happy Practicing!

----- Paula -----
©2016 by Paula E. Bird


  1. Awesome blog post. This remind me to have a proper posture all the time. I'm having issues with posture nowadays which honestly affecting my self-confidence. Thank you!

    1. I have been sagging a little bit myself lately. I keep reminding myself how important it is to get a good night's rest so that I have the desire and strength to stand up straight the next day. Thanks for commenting!-- Paula