Body image – whether we want to accept it or not, it has a huge impact on how we feel and is inextricably linked to our sense of self-worth. When you feel uncomfortable in your own skin, you project these negative feelings out into the world and even though your perceptions of self may not be correct, unless you change how you perceive yourself, self-esteem can plummet. It’s important to realise that your thoughts are powerful and when you dislike aspects of your body, these thoughts intensify affecting how you feel about yourself. How many times have you hoped to avoid being in the spotlight and felt unconfident in a crowd? It’s a horrible feeling and when self-confidence and your sense of self-worth are low, fear takes over and, if left unchecked, it can filter into every aspect of your life. Logic dictates that everyone has concerns about their size or weight – yes, even those super models will have days when they feel less than great about themselves. Let’s be honest, we’d all like to change some aspect of our shape and firm up any wobbly bits, have a longer, leaner frame and be able to project a graceful presence. Yoga can make a huge difference to how you feel and it can help to eradicate any self-imposed limitations caused by low self-esteem. Forget going for the burn or pounding away on a treadmill for hours, yoga provides a solution for total health and well-being but it also can streamline your physique helping to improve those flagging levels of low confidence, increasing effortless grace. Yoga helps you to experience your body rather than to consistently judge it and this is important. Regular sessions ensure a toned appearance, improving your posture while the breathing techniques increase feelings of relaxation and well-being, sending fresh oxygen circulating to your muscles, increasing strength and vitality. If your self-esteem needs a boost, try to incorporate the following yoga postures into your regular practice sessions and you’ll start to feel graceful and self-aware.
Triangle Pose – Utthita Trikonasana
This wonderful posture streamlines the waistline while stretching and strengthening the core muscles, the chest, lungs, shoulders and neck. It also strengthens the muscles of the back, thighs and calves. It’s important to hold the stretch and breathe into the posture. Do check for correct alignment for maximum benefits.
Warrior Pose 1 – Virabhadrasana 1
This is a dynamic posture that helps to increase confidence and strength. It stretches the chest and lungs, shoulders and neck area while stretching the abdominal area. It also strengthens and stretches your leg muscles.
Lord of the Dance Pose – Natarajasana
This posture improves balance and increases a feeling of grace while lengthening and stretching the body from top to toe. It stretches out the shoulders and chest while strengthening your legs and ankles, streamlining the torso. Click here to view it in Yogasync.
Wide Legged Forward Bend Pose – Prasarita Padottanasana
To counteract the backward bends, spend time in the Wide Legged Forward Bend Pose which helps to strengthen and stretch the spine and leg muscles. It also tones the abdominal muscles. This posture also helps to relieve mild backache increasing flexibility and ease of movement. It calms the brain, warding off feelings of depression and fatigue. See variations of wide legged pose here. These postures improve mental clarity, releasing muscle tension and promote improved posture which can immediately make you feel taller and slimmer, increasing feelings of gracefulness and boosting your self-esteem.
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