This is my dear friend and colleague, Lena Bruncardi Hart with her baby, Olivia. She's an Alexander Technique teacher in the Bay Area.

We like to squat. 

If you can squat, do it! But don't hurt yourself.

Squatting...we think of as very primitive. But children squat very well, and in cultures where people still squat, women don’t have problems in labor. So squatting is really healthy. People around the world eat, work, and wait squatting, but the West views that as a sign of poverty and being “less developed.” An anthropologist named Gordon Hughes studied postures around the world, and he argued that the West really needed to look at the work postures of other cultures and integrate them into our life. Kneeling, squatting, sitting cross-legged... — these are all perfectly useful positions.
— Galen Cranz, Ph.D. Professor of Architecture, University of California at Berkeley, Alexander Technique Teacher, author of The Chair: Rethinking Culture, Body and Design

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Photo: Joe Bruncardi

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