Building confidence can be a tricky matter. While we all want to strut our stuff with the utmost confidence, it's not exactly that simple. Between everyday advertisements, modern films, and social media, it may feel nearly impossible to fit in.
It seems like so much is oriented around appearance. While it may be a challenge to cultivate your self-esteem, it will be well worth it. After all, being true to yourself will make you feel like the shining star that you are!
Yoga can be a powerful way to boost your self-confidence & improve your health; these five poses will help you feel beautiful on the inside and out.
The Goddess Pose or Kaliasana will help you channel your inner divine feminine energy, also known as Shakti. Whether you're female or not, this pose will help you tap into the ferocity of your Shakti.
It will help you strengthen your quads, calves, inner thighs, and core.
To do this pose:
- Turn sideways & place your feet wide on the mat.
- Turn your feet outward, and go into a deep squat.
- Place your arms straight up to the sky, contract your core.
- Look forward with intensity, and breathe 5 deep breaths. In through the nose, out through the nose.
This pose creates hot energy in your thighs and that flows throughout the body. You will feel powerful, confident, and a bit crazy!
This simple yet powerful yoga pose, otherwise known as asana, is excellent for building self-confidence due to it's heart-opening nature. It's commonly practiced improperly, so allow me to guide you through it with correct alignment.
To correctly practice upward facing dog:
- First, go into a plank with your fingers wide and hands beneath the shoulders.
- Inhale, tuck in your elbows, and exhale as you go down into a pushup.
- From the pushup, keep your hands where they are, and scoop yourself forward a bit.
- As you go up, inhale, push your shoulders back and down, flip the top of your feet onto the mat.
- Squeeze your glutes, and look high into the sky with your eyes closed.
- Stay here for 5 breaths; in and out through the nose.
Upward facing dog also include depression management, lower back pain relief, and improvement of posture. You'll definitely feel on top of the world when you get into this pose for a few moments.
If you want to feel like a warrior, this is the first step. This asana invokes feelings of being grounded accompanied by strength; you will feel capable and receptive to positive energy, awakening your bold yet compassionate side.
As with upward facing dog, this asana is commonly practiced incorrectly. Alignment is very important with this asana, so please listen carefully:
- From downward facing dog, inhale, look forward, and bring your right foot to the front of the mat.
- Keep your feet hips-width apart.
- Ensure your left foot is on a 45* angle while your back leg is straight.
- Ensure your right foot is straight and your right leg to a solid 90* angle. If needed, re-position your right foot to achieve the 90* bend by bringing it forward or back a bit.
- Exhale, confirm your footing, then inhale as you rotate your hips forward, bringing your arms straight above your head, shoulder width apart.
- Look towards your hands, and take 5 long deep breaths; in through the nose, out through the nose.
Emulating a mountain will invoke the strength and solidarity of a mountain. This pose will help you cultivate awareness and true self-confidence. You'll feel in sync with your body, emotions, thoughts, intentions, and breath.
It offers a chance to rest and recover actively; the ultimate form of self-care.
- Plant your feet on your mat hips-width apart.
- Put your arms down by your sides with your palms facing frontward.
- Look straight forward, keep the weight on your toes.
- Engage your thighs, glutes, & core.
- Breathe 5 deep breaths in & out through the nose.
Bridge pose is excellent for lower back pain, energy, and giving yourself a different perspective. It's important to listen to your body with this asana; if you go too deep, you can hurt your lower back.
To achieve this pose:
- Lie down on your mat with your legs bent and feet hips-width apart and straight.
- Place your hands next to your ears with your fingers pointed towards your toes.
- Take a big inhale in, and as you exhale, push your body up, forming a bridge.
- Its very important that you keep your glutes tight & engaged in this pose to prevent lower back injury.
- Stay for 5 breaths, in & out through the nose, or as long as you feel you can without injuring yourself.
Bridge pose will help get your creative juices flowing and help you achieve a newfound energy and zest for life. It also opens the heart, or anahatha chakra, making it easier for you to give and receive love.
Have some fun in these poses, but be sure to practice them with correct alignment. It's always fun to practice yoga with friends! Enjoy.
Remember, life is too short to be someone that you're not. You'll never regret being the most authentic version of yourself.