We all know it is very good to smile when speaking to an audience. We can’t constantly smile through the whole speech; rigid body-language gestures dissolve. We need to demonstrate other facial expressions and also transitions. The more varied our facial expressions when we speak as we exhale, the bigger the window the audience feel they have to the speaker’s feelings.
I mentioned in the introduction, the 6 key body-language gestures that we REST when making a complete 3 stage Yogic inhale. When it comes to facial expressions, the procedure is that when we inhale, we smile.
There are many good reasons for us to smile when we inhale. First of all, one of these days we are going to exhale and never inhale again. So, we managed to pull-off another cycle, that’s a good reason to smile. Now, to be a bit more serious…
When speaking to an audience, we are like waters serving customers. This we do on the exhale, when we speak and serve packets of information. The audience needs to digest what was served.
A smile is a perfect expression during the inhaling RESET pause. When we smile, we relax the audience while they are digesting the gestures and words we served on the previous exhale. We are also relaxing ourselves by smiling.
When we make a transition from a neutral expression on our face to a smile, a cocktail of mood-enhancing hormones is released in our brain. Mainly a hormone called endorphin, which works like a natural tranquilizer (some say a natural pain killer…). When we see a person smiling, we also release this magically-relaxing cocktail of hormones in our brain.
As we make the transition into a smile, there is a peak. If we continue to hold the smile, there is a drop in the release of these hormones. The transition into a smile, is where we get the “shot”.
When using BreathSync the transition into the smile, is done in 2 stages, while we inhale.
On the 1st beat of the inhale, we smile with our mouth closed to the person we were talking to. We can look at it as a good bye smile.
On the 2nd beat of the inhale, as we shift to the next person, we intensify the smile by exposing our teeth.
When we meet a person and shake hands, it is many times accompanied with a smile. We do the same thing when we shift focus to the next person, before we deliver the next sentence as we exhale.
Exposing the teeth when we smile is a friendly gesture if we do it right. For most people, it is better to expose only the upper set of teeth on the transition. Some people may get a better effect, when both upper and lower set of teeth are exposed but need to be careful not to expose “biting teeth”.