The Lady-Like Elegance of Sitting Gracefully By Irene Felicia Weathersby

Most of us may not think about our sitting posture until it is noticed by someone else.

A lady who moves with grace and elegance is a woman of poise and beauty. But poise and grace in how a lady sits is not too common these days, and lucky you are if you hold one of the most cherished graceful manners of traditional women – the graceful way they sit.

Sitting gracefully is sitting with poise and beauty. Some may find this posture too prim and proper and a bit strange in today’s fast and forward world, but believe it or not, it brings back the softness and sweetness that’s so captivating of a genteel woman.

How to Sit Gracefully

  1. Step as close to the front of the chair as you can. Turn and prepare your body for the sitting posture.

  2. As soon as your back leg touches the chair seat, slide one foot back then gracefully lower yourself onto the seat, slightly sideways. Your weight should be carried by the thighs of your back leg, not with your knees.

  3. Sit up straight with legs together and heels slightly to the rear. You can sit with legs in front of you, angle your knees to either the left or right side, or cross your ankles, but never sit with legs apart, — it’s a mortal sin to poise. If you’re crossing your legs at the knees, there should be no space between the heel and the other ankle.

  4. Place your hands together on your lap.

  5. Lengthen your spine, free the neck, and balance the head above the shoulders. In short, sit tall.

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Socially yours,

Ms. Reenie