If you’ve ever wondered why our physical posture seems to present such a challenge in our technologically advanced society, you might want to look at the posture of people who live in what appears to our western eyes to be much simpler environments. I’ve always been impressed by the typical posture of the Afar people of East Africa, who display the most natural and efficient bodily posture, perhaps reflecting Nature’s original intention of how our bodies are supposed to function. We share the same DNA as these amazing people and have very much the same capacity to employ our bodies in such a natural and superbly efficient manner. The differences between us though are striking. We wear shoes that rarely promote good posture. We sit hunched on chairs for hours in meetings and in front of computer screens. We display the signs of constant stress that reflect the daily fears and anxieties of our lives. We have strayed far from the original efficiency of our evolutionary development. Now I’m not suggesting that we strip off our western attire and become nomadic cattle herders to regain our inherited capacity for better posture but if we can learn to relax and activate our deep, abdominal core muscles, the changes to our health and well-being can be astonishing. It’s what Nature intended.