Power Poses & The Alexander Technique

Imogen Ragone tells Robert Rickover: “Leaders in the animal kingdom and among humans had the same characteristics — high levels of testosterone and low levels of cortisol… Animals and humans alike were more expanded. They made themselves bigger. From there she developed this idea of power poses.”

“[With Alexander Technique,] you can improve every situation you are in. If you need to sit with your arms crossed, you can do it in a way that is more expansive.”

“The high power poses are quite masculine and the low power poses are more common for females.”

Robert: “By having your legs apart and your hands on your hips, it raises your internal center of gravity and the shrinking version lowers your internal center of gravity. I would imagine that anything you do to raise your center of gravity would [empower you], even having your hands on your head or bending your knees or having your feet apart. Almost anything you do apart from slumping will raise your center of gravity.”

Imogen: “Power poses not only changed how people perceived you but it also changed how the people doing the poses felt about themselves.”

About Luke Ford

I've written five books (see Amazon.com). My work has been covered in the New York Times, the Los Angeles Times, and on 60 Minutes. I teach Alexander Technique in Beverly Hills (Alexander90210.com).
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