5 Body Postures That May Actually Boost Your Self-Esteem Wisdom tells us that the body is not worth as much as our inner being. However, it is our body that bridges the world into our soul. It is the means that nurtures our being not only by what our environment shows us. It is also affected by the way we choose to move and act our bodies. Try to be aware of your body posture in different environments: How do you sit up at the family dinner table?How do you stand while waiting for the bus? Do you see any difference or any pattern? Kellogg School of Management described these helpful postures as those that open up the body and take up space. It was reported that these positions activate a sense of power and produces behavioral changes in a person regardless of his role in an organization. Here are 5 body postures that will fire up your confidence and performance. Stand or Sit Up Straight (Done Always)Straighten up your back from shoulders to hips. Your body connects to your brain and emotions.
Getting It Straight: Posture and its Influence on Learning and Memory Can your lack of posture be the reason you are not learning and remembering efficiently? This question has been a point of debate for a while and we still have not come up with a clear answer. If it were up to teachers, the answer would probably be yes, pointing to slouching as a clear sign of student disinterest. And they might not be very wrong. Learning style researcher Dunn and Dunn has suggested that being “uncomfortable” engages the left side of the brain which is active in when we take in new information. The suggestion seems to be that when you remember something you are also reminded of the “state” of learning, a concept that not only includes posture but also emotions and surrounding environment. The question then seems to be that, if posture is actually affecting the way we learn, is it really such a detrimental factor? The reality probably lies somewhere in between these two ideas of state-dependent and cognitive learning and memory.
Improve Your 'Hunched over the PC' Posture One of the most neglected aspects of our health is our posture. Amongst all the guidelines on healthy eating and workout methods, this essential facet of our well-being is often overlooked. Posture provides the foundation for a balanced workout, deeper breathing, effective digestion and efficient functioning of organs. Improving your posture will benefit your overall health, give you more energy, help rehabilitate or prevent injury and increase sporting performance. That’s a lot of benefits for such an overlooked idea and I didn’t even mention that it would help you sit at your workstation longer and work harder without cramping! Here we take a look at six core stretches that will increase your flexibility from head to toe. Stretch One: The “Superman”The aim of this stretch is to finish at 90 degree angle, leaning forward onto a stretch band or other object with your legs straight, torso horizontal and arms extended. And that’s the six stretches!
Want to Lean In? Try a Power Pose - Amy J.C. Cuddy by Amy J.C. Cuddy | 10:00 AM March 20, 2013 For women who may be “leaning out,” Facebook Chief Operating Officer Sheryl Sandberg’s urging to “lean in” requires some behavioral changes and deviations from how many women are expected to or accustomed to behaving. Fortunately, we have the power to do this for ourselves, through tiny tweaks that actually reconfigure our brains in ways that may make us more assertive, confident, relaxed, risk tolerant, and fearless. Recent experimental psychology from Dana Carney, Pranjal Mehta, Robert Josephs, Jennifer Lerner, Gary Sherman, and our lab at Harvard suggests that the best leaders — both male and female — seem to have relatively high testosterone, which is linked to decreased fear and increased tolerance for risk and desire to compete, and low cortisol, which is linked to decreased anxiety.
What Does Your Body Language Say About You? How To Read Signs and Recognize Gestures - Jinxi Boo - Jinxi Boo Art by LaetitziaAs we all know, communication is essential in society. Advancements in technology have transformed the way that we correspond with others in the modern world. Because of the constant buzz in our technological world, it's easy to forget how important communicating face-to-face is. Body language is truly a language of its own. 10% from what the person actually says40% from the tone and speed of voice50% is from their body language. Lowering one's head can signal a lack of confidence. Pushing back one's shoulders can demonstrate power and courageOpen arms means one is comfortable with being approached and willing to talk/communicate The lowering of the eyes can convey fear, guilt or submissionLowered eyebrows and squinted eyes illustrate an attempt at understanding what is being said or going onA lack of confidence or apprehensiveness can be displayed when you don't look another person in the eyesOne tends to blink more often if nervous or trying to evaluate someone else
8 Easy Bodily Actions That Transform Mental Performance Jump for joy, confuse for creativity, relax for better decisions, open up for pain tolerance and more… People tend to assume that body language just expresses how we feel inside. But it also works the other way: how we hold our bodies affects how we feel and think in all sorts of fascinating ways. One of the early studies found that people who put pens in their mouths in such a way that it activates the muscles responsible for smiling, actually experienced more pleasure. In the past few years the study of how bodily posture affects the mind has exploded. Here are 8 of the latest psychological studies on what psychologists call ‘embodied cognition’, or the intimate ways in which body feeds back to mind. 1. Feeling powerful can be useful but too much power can have a weird effect on decision-making. If you just want your decisions confirmed, then a feeling of power is good. 2. There’s little doubt that people tend to associated lower voices with more power. 3. 4. 5. 6. 7. 8. → Want more?
Body Mind And Modem: One-Point You see, one-point is not an invention of Aikido. It was a discovery made by Aikido practitioners. Now, Aikido (and it's related exercises) may very well be the best way to discover one-point and reinforce it's feeling. So now we'll give away the secret, and tell you just where one-point is located: It's about two inches below your navel, within your lower abdomen. It's hard to say exactly why this this is the best place to concentrate your mind. Stand with your feet side by side, about shoulder width apart. Have your friend place one hand just below your collar bone, and gently push toward your spine. Now stand the same way again. You will find that when you keep one-point, you are harder to move. That's a fascinating thing about one-point. This really comes in handy. Several of these ki tests are demonstrated in the Cool Ki Tricks section of this site. Stand, once again, with your feet side by side, about shoulder width apart.
5 Tips for Better Posture | The Alexander Technique, teacher in NYC, NY. Alexander Technique Posture Tips 1. Let go of the muscles in the back of your neck. Your head will slightly rotate forward, and the crown of your head goes up. Feel your sit bones go down into the chair, while the rest of you moves up. 2. To come out of a slump, release any neck tension. In opposition to your head moving up, let your sit bones release down into the chair. 3. Slowly let your jaw open like a yawn, and make a whispered ah sound, breathing out. Then, with your lips together and teeth apart, breathe in through your nose with no sound. Your torso expands fully. 4. Let go of any extra tension in your neck and jaw. Free your neck, slowly lower your nose. Notice, and release tension in your neck, jaw, shoulders, and legs. Re-release neck tension. 5. Take 5 or 10 minutes out of your day to lie on the floor, on your back, with your head resting on a few inches of paperback books. Knees bent, and your feet on the floor. By Mark Josefsberg-Alexander Technique NYC Mark@MarkJosefsberg.com
The Body Language of Hands | Welcome to Learning In a post on the connection between relaxation and learning, I suggested that relaxing our hands was a good way to open our minds to new ideas. This post looks at our hands in a different way – to communicate thoughts, ideas and emotions. I will firstly introduce body language as a topic in general and then allow you to test your understanding of the meaning behind the way we use our hands. Body Language From the very first moment we begin to interact with others, our bodies are in communication. The language of hands Self confidence The way we use our hands is one way we reveal ourselves to others. A word of caution – the meaning of body language cues will differ depending on the place and purpose (context) of communication and also the words that accompany them, so listen carefully to what is being said as well as the way it is communicated. Take the quiz below to see how well you can read the body language of the hands. Body Language True or False Quiz 0 of 10 questions completed Questions:
12 minutes of exercise improves attention, reading comprehension in low-income adolescents -- ScienceDaily A new Dartmouth study Dartmouth study shows 12 minutes of exercise can improve attention and reading comprehension in low-income adolescents, suggesting that schools serving low-income populations should work brief bouts of exercise into their daily schedules. The study, published as part of the June volume of Frontiers in Psychology, compared low-income adolescents with their high-income peers. While both groups saw improvement in selective visual attention up to 45 minutes after exercising, the low-income group experienced a bigger jump. (Selective visual attention is the ability to remain visually focused on something despite distractions.) The low-income students also improved on tests of reading comprehension following the physical activity, but the high-income students did not. "Low-income individuals experience more stress than high-income individuals, and stress impacts the same physiological systems that acute aerobic exercise activates," Tine said.