23/100 ~ Attitude and Body Language – Did you know that the way we hold our bodies helps our adrenal system know which hormones to produce? It’s true! When we hold our shoulders tensed up to our ears, the brain interprets it as stress and danger so our body produces cortisol and adrenaline to support us during stressful times. When we stand tall and strong, our body produces testosterone to support us during our time of personal power. Smiling triggers pleasure endorphins, serotonin, and boosts the immune system.

It doesn’t take a trained eye to recognize that when someone is slumped with head hanging there’s a good chance they aren’t feeling great about themselves. Our body language speaks volumes to others, and loud and clear to our adrenal system. Our adrenal glands will continue producing hormones that support the posture we’re holding. Did you just take note of the shape of you right now?

Though I’m not giving the specifics of the yoga pose I’m holding in my photo today (Exalted Warrior), I’m sharing it to make a point about yoga poses. What do you see when you look at this photo of me? Doesn’t this pose look like it embodies strength, confidence and determination? That’s exactly how I feel – and how I consciously direct my mind – when I hold it. Multiply that feeling, along with my adrenal system supporting that, and – BAM! That’s just one of the many healing benefits of yoga.

How to: Change your posture to change your attitude. Take note of how you habitually carry and hold yourself. Can you stand a little taller and relax your shoulders to decrease the amount of cortisol in the body? Can you smile a little more often to boost your serotonin? Can you begin to notice the way your body language matches the way you feel?

Mantra: “Mama was right when she said to sit up straight.”

PS: For extra information I highly recommend that you take time to watch Amy Cuddy’s TED Talk called, “Your Body Language May Shape Who You Are.” She quotes scientific studies to confirm what I’m sharing today.