• 5 Ways Yoga Helps You Build Self-Confidence

    Build Self-Confidence

    Self-confidence is something that every person should have. In order to be truly happy in life you need to be proud of who you are.  Not to be confused with conceit, confidence is having belief in yourself and freedom from self-doubt. Without self-confidence we are weak to the world and more apt to becoming depressed. Although each of us come from different backgrounds and communities, self-confidence is something we all have to continually work on and yoga is one of the best ways.

    1. Yoga Increases Focus

    Yoga can be wonderful for increasing personal focus by honing in on your breathing and by concentrating on difficult poses. It is also important to clear your mind of any doubts or discomforts by focusing on balance and posture. Increasing your strength of focus, your self-confidence strengthens too because you can be clear minded about your personal wants and needs in life. Being focused on your future and your beliefs helps you to be strong against distractions and a leader versus a follower.

    2. Yoga Relieves Stress

    Poses and routines in yoga are a fantastic way to release stress and to relax. Concentrating on breathing deeply brings extra oxygen to your brain and increases your ability to stay calm. Being calm helps you to bring reason into your thought process and lowers your stress level, ultimately making you a happier and more confident individual.

    3. Yoga Increases Empowerment

    Through the use of methodical and energizing movements, yoga increases empowerment and brings difficulties to into perspective. It is challenging to master certain poses and the hard work in mastering your yoga goals brings with it a feeling of individual control and power.  Knowing you can be in control of your physical growth automatically increases your self-confidence.

    4. Yoga Increases Clarity of Mind

    Yoga has the power to help you concentrate on opening a deep connection with your inner self.  It is then common to have an increased level of self-awareness, which can be catalyst to the discovery of your untapped potential. Clarity of mind is a main ingredient for personal self-confidence.

    5. Yoga Improves Posture 

    Standing up straight, holding your head high, and looking forward has an immediate positive impact on self-confidence. It is no secret that yoga is one of the best fitness activities to improve your posture. The higher you carry yourself, the more confidence you will automatically feel in your day-to-day life. 

    Making time to include yoga routines into your regular fitness schedule will serve to not only better your health and self-confidence but also help you become the person you were born to be.  Fitting into your skin is very important to your success in life and to being a happy person overall. Be proud of who you are, increase your self-confidence with yoga, and make the most of you!

    The Wellness Life is a weekly column by Wellness Coach Lydia LaFond. Using practical tips and step-by-steps guides, Lydia motivates and inspires people to live a better and happier life. Want to ask Lydia a question? Comment below or email her.
  • Lydia LaFond
    Lydia is a health and wellness coach, online fitness coach, and nutrition enthusiast. Raised in Minnesota, she now lives and works in California, helping individuals to live a happy and healthy lifestyle. Lydia is also the author behind the blog HappyHealthyConfident.com and enjoys freelance writing in the nutrition and fitness field in her spare time. Focusing on what it means to find balance in health and happiness; she is your one stop shop for getting to know the well that is inside you. Lydia is the author of the The Wellness Life blog on DoYouYoga.com.
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