There are a lot of different types of confidence – some people are outwardly confident, and that is a beautiful thing. In contrast, others have a quiet confidence and are self-assured. As we get older, something that becomes more apparent is that confidence isn’t just about showing up and showing out; it is about knowing and trusting your own decisions, believing in your skills and abilities, and being okay with your limits and boundaries – or having the confidence to build new ones.
There are a lot of things.
And we all have different ways to increase our confidence until we feel good about what we do and how we do it. Yoga is one of the things that can help with good mental health and, in turn, confidence.
So how does yoga work with confidence?
Disconnections and reconnection
Think about how much we are plugged into our phones; we have a constant stream of engagement in the form of apps, calls, messages, emails, and more. The thing about going to yoga classes or taking some time to do yoga at home is that you have to disconnect for a while.
Initially, many people find it hard to be away from the notifications and will often think, ‘what if someone needs me?’. Over time the disconnection will be a welcome sanctuary, giving you confidence in the peace and some independence from the mobile phone.
Mental clarity is a powerful tool when it comes to increasing confidence, and often it is what comes to us in silence.
What could be better than self-love ? Yoga encourages us to bend, stretch and twist our bodies, but we love every single part of them too. Viewing the body as this beautiful instrument that releases tension when moved.
Self-love is big in yoga because being grateful for what we have and can do is part of the fabric of it all. Most of the time, you will thank your body for all its hard work.
One of the best benefits of doing yoga is the improvement in posture. You will naturally hold yourself better because your muscles will be strong, and part of the practice is about holding your body correctly.
A few poses can make us feel brighter and bolder, and often they result from starting tall, opening the chest, and pushing the shoulders back (like Beyonce). Yoga helps our body align, and when you stand and walk taller, you increase your confidence.
Seeing progress in what you do always increases confidence – because when we know, we are getting good at something (always room for improvement), our confidence grows too! Once you start to master the poses and can do a flow without guidance, you will get a feeling of accomplishment. And that further feeds into confidence.
Yoga is one of the most gentle ways to increase our confidence over time, but there are many other ways you might choose to boost yours: My Summer Affirmations – Loving Yourself First – Life With Rachael.