Exercise: Stance, Symmetry, and Weight

Think about how often you shift your weight from one sitting bone to the other when seated. How often do you put your arm on the armrest or tabletop? How frequently do you stand with your weight on one leg with your hand resting on a hip? These are asymmetrical positions. 

Become aware of how you distribute the weight of your body from side to side and notice if weight shifts are an indicator of your degree of engagement or participation during an interaction. 
Weight-shifting in the body occurs all day.  It’s during interactions that call for sustained and stationary physical positioning that practicing a particular weight shift can work to your advantage or Desired Outcome. 

The key is combining Symmetry and Asymmetry with Physical Orientation. Explore what happens in your communication when you are in a Quarter Turn and move from a more natural Asymmetrical Stance to a Symmetrical Stance. You will display a relational orientation while maintaining engagement and focus. 

Here’s another one: While standing or sitting in Full Front, try shifting from a Symmetrical Frame to an Asymmetrical Frame. You will feel the change from a structured interaction to a more casual interaction without sacrificing full engagement or a clear focus request from your communication partner.

Learner Milestones


  • Understand how weight shifts in Stance change the Symmetry of the Frame

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  1. Introduction
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  2. The Breath-Thought Connection
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  3. Physical Orientation
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  4. Frame and Stance
    12 Topics
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