Walking Your Talk: Changing Your Life Through the Magic of Body Language

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In every movement of our bodies, we express a world of emotions. But our movements don't just reflect our emotions-they directly affect them.

In Walking Your Talk, Lavinia Plonka explores the connection between how we move and how we feel. Our movements and body posture are more than just simple expressions of our feelings-they are a powerful factor in our well-being. And changing them can be a crucial first step in altering our emotional ...

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Overview

In every movement of our bodies, we express a world of emotions. But our movements don't just reflect our emotions-they directly affect them.

In Walking Your Talk, Lavinia Plonka explores the connection between how we move and how we feel. Our movements and body posture are more than just simple expressions of our feelings-they are a powerful factor in our well-being. And changing them can be a crucial first step in altering our emotional behaviors.

Drawing from her years of experience as a movement teacher and Feldenkrais Method(r) instructor, Plonka provides simple exercises, thought-provoking lessons, and real-life examples that help readers better understand the relationship between their movement patterns and their emotional state.

After beginning with an overview of both historical and modern ideas about the correlation between bodily movement and human emotion and expression, Plonka turns theory into practice by addressing each major area of the body-and the emotional baggage held there. Through exploratory exercises, we learn more about:

- how we carry stress-from responsibilities, family issues, and financial burdens-in our shoulders;
- why we "freeze" the pelvis-the bodily center of personal freedom, power, spontaneity, and sexuality; and
- the self-confidence (or lack thereof) we convey through our carriage.

Whether she is examining how a depressed chest can make us feel psychologically depressed, how body language is used to deceive others, or how loosening our pelvis can help us break a lifelong cycle of self-destructive behavior, Plonka is always caring and insightful, guiding readers to a deeper awareness of themselves and how changing their posture has the potential to change their whole lives.

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Not your ordinary body-language book, this one claims that individuals can change their movements and body postures as a first step toward changing their emotional behaviors. In essence, choreographer Plonka (What Are You Afraid Of?) helps readers develop their kinesthetic sense. Through exercises, thought-provoking lessons, and examples, the author demonstrates how to attend to physical movements and posture, make appropriate changes, and find more satisfaction in life. While her message sounds too simple to be convincing, Plonka makes a strong case for this sixth sense. Not essential but a worthwhile purchase for most libraries.


—Deborah Bigelow
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781585425426
  • Publisher: Penguin Group (USA) Incorporated
  • Publication date: 3/1/2007
  • Pages: 208
  • Product dimensions: 7.44 (w) x 9.24 (h) x 0.58 (d)

Meet the Author

Lavinia Plonka is an Emmy-nominated choreographer and former artist-in-residence at the Guggenheim Museum in New York City. A longtime teacher and student of movement practices, she maintains a successful practice teaching the Feldenkrais Method(r), and conducts workshops around the country.

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Table of Contents


Introduction     1
Questions
Am I Walking My Talk?     9
Not Walking the Talk     19
Is it Science or Magic?     29
Experience
A Leg to Stand On     41
Giving and Receiving-the Arms and Hands     55
The Heart of the Matter-the Chest     71
Getting to the Core-the Pelvis and Your Spontaneity     91
It's All in Your Head     109
Face It     121
Synthesis
Practical Shape-Shifting     145
Embodying Compassion     159
Conclusion     169
Worksheet for Goal Setting     171
Resources     177
Index     181
About the Author     191
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  • Posted January 10, 2011

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    "much of your body language is the result of tension"

    Lavinia Plonka, author of the 2007 study of "somatic education," WALKING YOUR TALK: CHANGING YOUR LIFE THROUGH THE MAGIC OF BODY LANGUAGE, is a lady with a mission. Personally convinced that for thousands of years the human race has been too absorbed in the external world, she has prepared a book for people who agree that it is now time to make time to tune in to their own bodies. *** Bodies talk. They reveal their owner's pains, satisfactions and yearnings. And bodies do this through their gestures, grimaces, stumblings and posture. In the hands of an instructor who shares Livinia Plonka's convictions and who is willing to pass them on to you, a class in yoga or Feldenkrais exercises or Aikido mimicking can help you find your true self. As you unclench your teeth, soften your chest, breathe deeply, you are encouraged to notice not just your physical movements, but your accompanying thoughts as well. Those thoughts may be no more profound than "What's for dinner?" or "Drat it, this hurts more than I was led to believe!" But if you do certain exercises day after day and keep a log of your concurrent thoughts, you may remember that you used to throw your hands up before your face whenever your father or husband was about to slap you. And you may see that you have carried related, no longer necessary postures and tensions along with you for years. *** Here is a sample of Ms Plonka's writing. The subject is the habit of tenseness: "As you become better at observing the details that make up your big picture, you will become aware of how much of your body language is the result of tension. ... You will see how much unnecessary tension has gone into maintaining your personal patterns of self-deception and self-sabotage. ... Unnecessary tension is not inevitable. It is not our natural state, but a habit that interferes with effective function and our true intention" (Ch. X, "Practical Shape-Shifting"). *** This is a (bodily) wisdom book, reminiscent of certain Hebrew Scriptures. Unrelated aphorisms trip merrily across the pages. How-to exercises are accompanied by lucid, vivid drawings by the author. There are excellent add-ons: bibliography, index, a Worksheet for Goal Setting. You learn to scan your body for clues from toes to pelvis to gumlines to fingers. Your body is talking. All you have to do is listen for its clues. Lavinia Plonka teaches you how to listen. -OOO-

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