I’m reading Sheryl Sandberg’s new book Lean In. Her ideas of women failing themselves in the leadership game have sparked controversy and an entire Lean In movement. Meanwhile, I attended an event recently that reminded me my personal power isn’t just about leaning in and speaking up, it’s about standing tall.
Your mother always told you to stand up straight, but she may not have realized how much your posture and personal power are connected. In fact, body language counts for a whopping 55% of the impression you give others. What you say is only 7% and your tone accounts for 39%. After attending a mini-clinic at the Posture Academy by Eden Pilates, it’s clear I have some work to do.
The Posture Academy is like a boot camp for your spine. The 4-week program is designed to improve posture through focus on breath, proper alignment and muscle strengthening. Let’s get real: most of us don’t pay attention to how we sit (for hours) at our computers, on the phone or in our cars. The Academy guides you to perfection over eight sessions where you’ll learn how to correct weaknesses and avoid chronic issues in the future.
Afterwards I felt incredible, not just because I did my body a favor, but because I know the benefit of being able to command attention with my personal presence.
The first session of The Posture Academy will begin Saturday, May 25, 2013. Cost includes 8 classes with Eden Haugland plus two 30-minute private posture analysis consultations. ($249 + HST) Eden Pilates | 901 Yonge Street | Suite 205 | 647-724-6594
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— Stuart Bond, 1970