Thursday, July 31, 2008
In the late 1950's and 60's, we were taught that good posture was very important. Good posture, 50's style, required that we stand up straight, suck in our guts, throw our shoulders back, tuck in our tailbones, lift our chins and look proud. It was very military. Then came the 1960's and 70's when everything in American culture changed, even tummy trends. Suddenly, the common abdominal wisdom became: Let it all hang out. We were told in meditation classes and consciousness raising circles to relax our bellies, throw away the girdles, let go.
Oops. Fast forward to the 21st century. Yoga and Pilates teachers are everywhere. Classes emphasize what is now called 'core strength.' That means stand up straight, suck in your gut, throw your shoulders back, tuck in your tailbone, lift your chin and look proud.
What goes around comes around.