“My tongue?” you say. “What does my tongue have to do with my posture?” Actually, quite a lot.
Try on some tongue positions. I always like to underscore my points with body awareness, so let’s begin with that. Start by trying on four tongue positions:
Recently I’ve met several New Rules of Posture fans that took my advice on page 159 to heart. You’ll find there a paragraph advising the reader to let the tongue puddle in the floor of the mouth. It’s good advice as an exercise for relaxing the tongue and jaw. Unfortunately I didn’t say what to do with the tongue after you had relaxed it, and so these readers had been trying to cultivate the #1 position. (Wishing you could go back and re-write your book is the downside of being published!)
I now have a pretty strong opinion about where the tongue belongs when the body is upright and moving. In Pilates and yoga classes I too often see tongues become engaged in the effort to perform a challenging move or pose. The resulting jaw tension and tension in the deep core can only be counter-productive. The tongue does support the neck, but not through tension.
Read more about the tongue in this blog from last year.
Where do you think Mona Lisa’s tongue rests? How about the actresses in the photo?
© 2013 Mary Bond