Descriptions of Alexander Technique can often include the dreaded p-word (Posture!), which can bring up a maelstrom of ‘shoulds’ and ‘shouldn’ts’ for many of us. But what is posture really? A few weeks ago I listened to ‘On Being’ host Krista Tippett talking with physicist Carlo Rovelli. The episode is titled: All Reality is Interaction. One of his phrases really stuck with me: “the huge wave of happenings which is a human self.” One aspect of that wave is our interaction with gravity. We are made for gravity: we meet its presence with our own wave of anti-gravity. We’re so elegantly designed that we don’t have to exert direct muscular force to do it.
Here’s how I think about postural behavior these days. It’s a dynamic flow of response:
To our focus…
To the environment…
To bodily sensation…
We can turn the focus of our attention to our advantage.
We cannot directly feel or control our anti-gravity muscles, but they respond to three things: 1) gravity; 2) our being awake (not unconscious); and 3) intention. The third is our access portal.
So: which way is away from gravity? Which way is up, relative to gravity? Can my attention invite me there?
Here’s some more great brain food, one of my favorite episodes from ‘The Liberated Body’ podcast:
What is posture, really?
It’s a dance of counterbalance, opposition and flow ~
How do you think about posture? I’d love to know what your current postural attitude is!
wave: AbelEscobar on pixabay
fischer: Myriams-Fotos on pixabay
“Where intention goes, energy flows”: thanks to Iris
Additional thanks to goddess of podcast links: Liz