Alexander Technique for Standing

Recently I did a workshop on how to demonstrate executive presence. I asked the group, “How do you stand up straight?” They said, “Put your shoulders back. Lift up your chest, Push your head back.” I did as they said, and people started laughing. I certainly didn’t look very executive! So what is the right way to stand up straight? There are various ways to answer this question. However, having now studied the Alexander Technique for six months, I believe it offers several guidelines and is an approach that gives you the best results and teaches you not to overuse your body. Two websites will give you a great introduction to the Alexander Technique.

Leland Vall, in New York, at has some great images, including the ones reproduced here. He also has a a book.

If you are really concerned about your back and posture, I suggest you take some Alexander lessons.

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