Need a confidence boost?
You’re heading to a big job interview or maybe you’re trying to single handedly build your own business. Maybe you need to psych yourself up for a first date or need the confidence to ace a big test…
Regardless, you could use a little oomph in the confidence department, eh?
Part of my yoga teacher training homework last week was to watch this amazing TED Talk: Your Body Language Shapes Who You Are.
In the video Amy Cuddy outlines convincing evidence and studies that prove your body controls your mind.
Amy suggests the following:
- To Expand
- Make Yourself Big
- Take Up Space
- Raise your Hand Alllll the Way In the Air
And the big takeaway:
Fake it Until You Become It
This TED Talk is an absolute must watch and the next time you’re in need of a confidence boost, try out these beginner friendly, confidence boosting yoga poses.
Confidence Boosting Yoga Sequence for Beginners :
Tadasana | Mountain Pose:
While in mountain pose, find yourself rooted deep within the Earth. Stand tall, finding strength from the tips of your toes all the way through the crown of your head. Hold arms strong by your sides, palms facing outward, arms engaged, eyes closed.
Begin an elevator breath, breathing life through your inhales up from the tip of your pelvis out the crown of your head: slow, controlled, on a count of 4-6. Bring the breath, like an elevator, back down with the exhale.
Hold Mountain Pose for 3-5 Breaths
Virhabdrasana II | Warrior II:
With one foot pointing toward the short edge of your mat bring the opposite leg back and wide, back foot parallel to the short edge. Remember, take up space here. Bend your front leg at a 90-degree angle (as you can see from the photo, mine is not quite 90 degrees, that’s fine), begin to square your hips to the long edge of your mat, arms out to a T, parallel with your legs, gaze over your front hand.
While here, imagine you are a fierce warrior, preparing for battle. Continue your elevator breaths and with each inhale repeat: “I am Strong”.
Hold Warrior II for 3-5 Breaths before Switching Sides for another 3-5 Breaths.
Anjaneyasana | High Lunge with Mushti Mudra:
High runner’s lunge combined with Mushti mudra will get you pumped up for anything!
Mushti mudra is a strong mudra, providing stability and confidence.
From Warrior II pivot your foot, tucking your toes and balancing on the ball of your back foot and entire front foot. Bring arms to a T, this time, perpendicular to your legs. Place your thumbs into the palms of your hands, creating a fist (mushti mudra.)
While here, imagine you are ready to launch forward, running your hardest to win the race at hand. Continue controlling your breaths and with each inhale repeat: “I am Ready”.
Hold for 3-5 Breath before Switching Legs for another 3-5 Breaths.
Tadasana | Mountain Pose with Clasped Hands:
Take a break from working those legs for a few breaths and return to Mountain Pose, this time with hands clasped behind the head.
Remember to take up space, find your inner confidence, and see yourself succeeding in whatever it is you’re about to do.
You’re supported, steady, and climbing mountains. You got this!
Hold for 3-5 Breaths.
Utkata Konasana | Goddess Pose with Temple Mudra:
Ladies and gents alike, this pose is going to leave you feeling like you’re ready to set forth and conquer.
Turn to the long edge of your mat, feet parallel to the short edge, toes points at the corners of your mat, and bend at the knees. Reach the arms above, clasping your hands like a church steeple (or Charlie’s Angel’s, whatever :p )
While here, tell yourself that you’re special and smart and have the courage to chase your dreams and change the world. Continue your beautiful breath and with each inhale repeat: “I Can Do This”.
Hold for 3-5 Breaths.
Have the confidence to know that you can do whatever it is you set your mind to!
In love and health;
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Disclaimer: None of this information is intended to diagnose or treat any type of illness or disease. Always consult with your physician before making any decisions regarding your health.
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