We are all well aware that yoga has a lot of benefits. Yoga strengthens your body. Yoga strengthens your mind. Yoga improves your flexibility and balance. But did you know that yoga can increase your self-confidence as well? It is really true.
How Does Yoga Increase Self-Confidence?
A lack of self-confidence typically boils down to fear. We have lots of fears and insecurities as human beings. These fears are programmed into our subconscious minds from an early age. Do any of these fears present themselves in your life?
- Fear of Failure
- Fear of Rejection
- Fear of the Unknown
All of these fears lead to a lack of self-confidence. Without confidence in ourselves, we let the fear run our lives.
The good news is that we are all able to overcome these fears and build our self confidence. And yoga can help through acceptance, improved posture, and improved mind and body control.
Yoga Improves Fitness
We all know that when our bodies look and feel better, we feel better about ourselves. Yoga conditions your body and builds fitness. Whether you practice beginner's yoga or advanced techniques, your muscles will be put to the test. The breathing strategies that you will learn in yoga allows oxygen to flow to your muscles, and that oxygen will give you energy.
If you suffer from low self esteem because you are carrying a few extra pounds or lack tone, yoga will remedy this problem and improve your self-confidence.
With consistent yoga, your muscles will become toned and your confidence will soar.
You Accept Who You Are
We all have limitations. While these limitations often bring fear and insecurity, they shouldn't. Everyone has different limitations and capabilities. These qualities are what make us unique and special. If everyone could do everything, the world wouldn't be an exciting place to live. We have to learn to embrace our capabilities and limitations as part of the humans we are. Once we do, our confidence will improve.
Yoga builds self-acceptance. Not only will you become more aware of your capabilities and limitations, you will begin to accept them. You will gain a higher level of understanding over your mind and body. Through this understanding and appreciation, the negative thoughts previously surrounding your limitations will dissipate. You will begin to love yourself for the things you are capable and good at, and you will learn to let go of the things you cannot do and don't enjoy doing.
Yoga Strengthens Your Mind
Stress plays a huge role in our lives. It fatigues our minds and bodies and leads to low self confidence. Stress can even lead to physical and mental ailments ranging from muscle aches to depression.
Yoga is known for reducing stress in the mind and body. All of the negativity and mental anguish that is cluttering your mind can be released through the relaxing breathing exercises you'll experience in the moving meditation practice of yoga. As you stretch and bring oxygen to your muscles, you will feel a flow of positive energy throughout your entire body. Not only does yoga release all of the stress and negativity from your body, it also teaches you how to calm yourself in future stressful situations. Your body and mind will be prepared.
Yoga Improves Your Posture
The position of your body has a lot to do with self-confidence both outward and inward. When we are weak physically and mentally, our bodies slump causing both mental and physical degradation.
Better posture will not only give you an instant confidence boost, but it will also provide your organs the space they need to function properly and put your muscles in the position they were designed to be in.
Yoga helps teach your muscles the correct positioning and alignment required to keep your body healthy and happy. And when your body is healthy and happy, the mind follows. It is amazing how standing up straight can impact your life in such a big way!
So if you needed another reason to give yoga a try, here it is. Yoga can improve your self confidence! Just one of many amazing benefits yoga has to offer. Give it a try today.