how to enhance self-confidence with yogaBy Dr. Paul Jerard, E-RYT 500

A lack of self-confidence often results from a fear of failure, or criticism, stemming from feelings of inferiority, that can exist for a variety of reasons. An individual may be inexperienced, unsure of one’s abilities, uncomfortable with one’s appearance, have no direction or stability in life, feel out of control, or may have set themselves up for failure, with unrealistic objectives that are too difficult to meet.

The holistic principles involved in living a Yoga lifestyle, help foster a healthy attitude, by strengthening the mind and body through a variety of controlled mental and physical exercises, which, in turn, can lead to developing or restoring belief in one’s self and one’s capabilities.

For example, the exercises involved in a Yoga routine include muscle strengthening and toning postures, deep breathing, relaxation techniques, and focused meditation for overall enhanced physical and mental fitness. Physical activity is known to both relieve stress and to improve the body’s appearance. Therefore, Yoga alleviates stress, which can sap energy and breed negativity, as well as promote mental resilience and a positive body image, resulting in an overall boost in confidence levels.

Yoga for self-confidence also creates feelings of well being, clarity of mind, and empowerment, through the use of methodical and energizing movements. Yoga training also has a variety of proven breathing techniques, where difficulties can be brought into perspective. In turn, life becomes more manageable and less overwhelming. The realization that one can organize his or her life and take control, just as it occurs when practicing Yoga exercises, can impart the self-confidence necessary to confidently tackle obstacles and rise to heights that once seemed out of reach.

Yoga also concentrates on opening a connection with the inner self. This leads toward discovering one’s untapped potential, with an increased awareness of who one is, and what they are capable of. As a result, confidence naturally grows within.

Additionally, when there is poor posture and the body is misaligned, proper breathing can be impeded. When one has poor posture, energy levels and oxygen delivery are interfered with, which can make one feel easily fatigued and unable to think clearly during the day.

Additionally, poor posture may cause sleep to be disturbed and physical pain to be enhanced. Ailments may result from an overall state of poor health that can impart feeling of anxiety and insecurity. Yoga training can help rid the body of such dysfunction, and restore confidence, through the improvement and maintenance of proper body alignment.

Therefore, practicing Yoga might be just the remedy for anyone who is feeling stressed, struggling with a lack of self-confidence, and has been unable to function productively. To successfully reach goals, we must experience a sense of satisfaction, accomplishment, and genuine happiness in our lives. Developing self-confidence is entirely possible with a steady Yoga practice.

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