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alan-treeThe way you sit, move, and stand, tells a story, perhaps, not the one you’d like to be telling. Setting: World War II, a Nazi concentration camp. An incredibly brave journalist has infiltrated a concentration camp, true story. He is standing in  line, doing nothing, when a Nazi soldier approaches with a steel rod in this hand and thrusts it into the journalist’s jaw, shattering it. A horrible violence. Why? His demeanor was not subjugated, his bearing not crushed, an affront to any oppressor. Your bearing too is telling a story, likely the opposite of the journalist’s. If you are pulled down, slumped, slouched – in the default posture of the 21st century – your bearing is telling. People who take a deep look at you – a potential employer, your students – are noticing, even if they have never put their observations in words. What they see is what they think they’re getting. You can change. You can be a bit or a lot more buoyantly upright by day’s end by claiming  the singular gift of Alexander Technique. People will notice. You will notice. The same thing that got our impossibly brave journalist in trouble, will announce you to the world as someone unbowed. And in a freer world than that encountered by our journalist, you are going to be appreciated.