What is it about confidence that instantly makes a person stand apart from the crowd? Is it the body language, the charm or something that includes all these qualities and takes a person a notch above the others?
To be honest, there is no exact definition of confidence. But, there are certain qualities that are always a part of people who are confident, like ability to handle difficult situations with a calm head, great decision making ability, ever-present sense of humor, making people comfortable in their vicinity and more.
The best thing about confident people is that they are extremely happy with what they are and never feel they are inferior to someone. Even in the toughest of situations, they will be their true selves and that’s what makes them a little bit special.
Wouldn’t it be nice, if you too have these qualities and people admire you for that?
Well, you can slowly grow these qualities and for that, there’s yoga to your rescue. Through the teachings and practice of yoga, you slowly realize your true self and let go off negative emotions. You come out as a more positive person, learn to love yourself, learn to believe in yourself and that’s what will make the difference.
Consider these 5 poses of yoga to build your confidence as well as amplify your inner strength.
1. Warrior II Pose (Virabhadrasana II)
Similar to a warrior this pose denotes valor. Regular practice of Warrior II pose induces strength, stamina and belief.
This is a simple pose which you can practice without the involvement of a lot of effort. From Downward Dog position take the right foot forward near to your right palm so that the knee is at a right angle to the mat. Bend the left feet, keep the spine straight and extend your arms so that they are parallel to each other. Hold the position for a minute and repeat it by taking the left foot forward.
2. Goddess Pose (Utkata Konasana)
The Goddess Pose or Fierce Angle Pose is empowering in every manner. Again, not a very complicated pose so, beginners can also give it a try. This asana is the ideal way to build up your inner strength by nurturing various parts of the body like chest, abdomen, hips, legs and groin.
Stand with your feet apart by 3-4 feet, and turn the feet outwards. Bend your knees so that the thighs are parallel to the ground. Bring your palms in ‘Namaskar’ position and slightly pull back the shoulders. Stay in this position while maintaining normal breath for about 1 minute.
The asana releases stress and energizes the body.
3. Crow Pose (Bakasana)
Unlike the above mentioned poses, the Crow Pose depends largely on arm balance. In a way, it can be thought of like an inverted version of the Chair Pose excepting certain minor differences. An excellent asana that will increase the strength of your arms and also enable you to focus and stabilize your balance while maintaining the posture.
Achieving the Crow Pose to perfection is no easy feat and you need to work on certain poses like reverse squat, deep yoga squat to prepare yourself for this asana.
With palms extended and flat on the ground, bend the elbows. Bend the knees such that the knee comes close to your armpit. Come on your tiptoes and slowly raise one foot first and then the other maintaining the entire balance on your arms. Keep the big toes touching each other and maintain the position as long as you feel comfortable.
Keep a soft pillow in the front so that there is a cushion in case you fall on your face.
4. Half Moon Pose (Ardha Chandrasana)
One of the most recommended poses to increase full-body coordination and balance. The advantage of performing this asana on a daily basis is that it brings poise to everything that you do on a regular basis.
When it comes to health benefits, the Half Moon Pose is quite effective in treating anxiety, gastritis, osteoporosis, sciatica, backache, indigestion and fatigue. The Half Moon Pose (Ardha Chandrasana) is also one of the recommended asanas if you wish to increase your core strength and balance.
For beginners, this pose may seem a bit difficult but a block can be used to assist with the pose. Starting from Trikonasana, place the left hand on your hip and bend the right knee. Now, take the right hand forward and keep it in front of your right leg.
Exhale and keep the right hand on the floor. While straightening your right leg, lift the left leg and keep it parallel with the floor. Twist your torso in the left direction and gaze forward. Ensure that your entire weight is on the leg you are standing on. Maintain the pose for at least a minute and continue with the other side.
5. Mountain Pose (Tadasana)
The first thing that people notice about you is how you stand and how you talk and the Mountain Pose helps you to build confidence from the inside.
It is a grounding pose that focuses on building balance and strength from the core. Performing this asana is not that difficult and can be easily achieved by beginners as well.
Stand straight with hand by your side. There must a gap of a few inches between your feet. Now stretch your thigh muscles, gaze forward, breathe in, and take your chest forwards and lift you’re your heels such that the entire body weight is on the toes. Stay for a few seconds, release and exhale.
These five yoga poses if practiced on a regular basis can bring a lot of changes not only to your health but also in your body language. Start practicing and see it for yourself.
Author Bio : Bipin Baloni is a passionate Yogi, Yoga Teacher and a Traveller in India. He provides Trekking In Nepal. He loveswriting and reading books related to yoga, health, nature and the Himalayas.