Yoga for Developing Self-Confidence

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

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. Consequently, an individual may be inexperienced, unsure of one’s abilities, uncomfortable with one’s appearance, have no direction, or guidance. When people face instability in life, feel out of control, or set themselves up for failure, they need guidance. With consistent training, Yoga teaches people to develop realistic objectives for challenging times.

 

Building Self-Esteem

With self-esteem, people tend to have positive outcomes when facing recoveries from illness. On the other hand, people with a negative outlook on life tend to have fewer positive results. What we think of ourselves matters in cases when we are faced with a health crisis. Therefore, the strength of inner confidence can be a lifesaver. A Yogic lifestyle does not give us the strength to be reckless during a health crisis, but it may give us the fortitude to survive a life challenge.

Inner Confidence

The holistic principles involved in living a Yogic 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. The development of inner confidence is an inside job, but it helps to have a proven system that produces results for millions of practitioners worldwide.

 

Enhanced Fitness

For example, the physical and mental exercises involved in a typical Hatha Yoga routine include muscle strengthening and toning postures, deep breathing, relaxation techniques, and focused meditation for overall enhanced holistic fitness. No one doubts the fact that physical activity is proven to both relieve stress and improve the body’s appearance.

Confidence Levels

Therefore, physical forms of Yoga alleviate 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. Counselors advise patients to practice meditation, relaxation, and breathing exercises, which produce positive results. Therefore, we know that our students can achieve states of inner confidence with the help of well-rounded Yoga practice.

 

Energizing Movement

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 as a result, take control of daily challenges.

Untapped Potential

As overcoming challenges occurs when practicing Yoga exercises, we develop the self-confidence necessary to confidently tackle obstacles. During the course of a Yoga class, the mind and body are trained for the challenges of life. Ultimately, through steady practice, we rise to new heights of accomplishment that once seemed out of reach.

 

Internal Connection

A trained mind prepares an experienced practitioner for the ups and downs of life. Of course, Yoga also concentrates on opening a connection with the inner self. Furthermore, 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.

Energy Levels

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. Moreover, one’s posture is a dead giveaway of the current internal state of self-confidence.

State of Health

That said, 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 feelings of anxiety and insecurity. Yoga training can help rid the body of such dysfunction, and restore a state of inner confidence, through the improvement and maintenance of proper body alignment.

 

Productive Living

Therefore, practicing Yoga might be just the remedy for anyone who is feeling stressed, going through challenging times, struggling with a lack of self-confidence, and/or 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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2 thoughts on “Yoga for Developing Self-Confidence”

  1. Yoga alleviates stress and promote mental resilience
    and a positive body image, resulting in an overall boost in confidence levels. Thanks for sharing this nice article.

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