Power Pose: Convince Your Mind

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Wonder Woman! No doubt she gets the job done. She is sure of herself. She knows she has the power to do good. She will be heard.

Imagine the same woman, crumpled in a chair, drooping toward the floor and holding onto herself, gaze downward. Even with a groovy outfit, that body language screams: “I doubt myself! I’m not really here. Don’t look at me.” Of utmost importance is that her brain believes the feedback the body is sending it. Even an intellect that knows an answer, has solutions and proposals aplenty, even a strong and fit body will balk and hesitate if the body language feedback is negative. She who hesitates is lost! She who wants to be invisible or feels invisible can easily convince others that she does not count, perhaps barely exists.

And, yes, this phenomenon is not limited by gender. Men may get into self-defeating postures as well. If Superman really didn’t want others to know his secret identity, then Clark Kent would slump and droop and stumble.

Contemporary social scientists posit that we can create a better feedback loop. We can teach our bodies to convince our brains that everything is O.K., that we are worthy and we can take positive action even under stress. In the vernacular, “Fake it ’til we make it!” Check out this TED Talk by Amy Cuddy for details.

Even Ursula knew it! Villain or not, she knew about power!

Author: DancerAndDasher

Ballroom dancer. Yoga teacher. Belly dance fitness instructor. LUVMVMT® introduces an expressive movement program centered around self-love and self-care. Elements of ballroom, yoga, belly dance and bodyweight strength training are joined in a fun 45-minute group class called a LUV-In or in 90-minute private sessions. I also offer classes and private coaching devoted to yoga and to lifestyle coaching called LUV Yo'Lean. The LUVMVMT umbrella covers most of my recent writing. I have also shared my personal dance and yoga journeys on the following blogs: "Diary of a Mad Dancer" is my journey to the competition floor of glamorous dancesport. Yes, it's a tale that probably should have begun with dance-mad parents urging on their darling lass of three, in Europe. Instead: Virginia, suburbia, mid-life. It's a dream come true. Sometimes with all the logic and consistency of a slumbering mind. "Dance of Life Yoga" shares the beauty, peace and awareness that yoga can bring into your life. It transformed mine in ways I never anticipated.

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