Today we’re going to talk about one of my favorite tips for building confidence and stepping into your own power.
And the best part?
It only takes a few minutes a day and is proven to work. I’m talking about power posing, and specifically using yoga power poses to give yourself a mental and physical boost.
You have likely at times faced barriers to your success or naysayers doubting your ability. If you are like me, sometimes that naysayer is you!
When presented with these moments, it is common to slip into self-doubt or lack of confidence. But finding your inner power to push through these instances is key to continue your path to success.
Power posing is an effective strategy to boost confidence and inner strength instantly. If you have been interested in power poses but also love the practice of yoga, then see below to learn more about yoga power poses and how these simple postures can help you access your inner strength in no time!
A Quick Background on Yoga Power Poses
Power poses have been present in our society in subtle ways for millennia.
But it wasn’t until 2010 that the idea of power poses was classified into a defined practice. The most common power pose is the Wonder Woman stance, in which you stand with your hands on your hips and your feet a bit wider than your shoulders as you raise your chest towards the sky.
Amy Cuddy, a social psychologists, did an incredible TED talk (watch below) where she introduces why body language is so important and how we, as women, often tend to make ourselves smaller and less noticed, while our male counterparts take up space and attention. The question at hand is this. Does this body language difference affect not only how others see us, but also how we see ourselves?
While there has certainly been controversy around the claim that our body language changes how we feel about ourselves, I am 100% a believer in power posing to build confidence.
The Wonder Woman stance is surely effective and powerful, and yoga power poses take this practice a step further by activating deeper layers of your mind and soul in line with your body to harness your inner confidence and skyrocket your success.
The Benefits of Yoga Power Poses
Yoga power poses are unique because of the combined benefit they provide to your body, mind, and soul all at the same time. It is common to experience moments where your abilities, talent, or knowledge are questioned or doubted. When standing up to these people and situations, it is essential to have a few key tricks and techniques to give you that little extra boost.
Yoga practices move through the layers of the body into the mind and soul to harness power from an even deeper place within you. This combined inner power builds an unstoppable foundation of strength that will become almost second nature when utilized regularly.
See below for the key benefits of yoga power poses:
- Increases inner strength
- Builds confidence
- Improves posture
- Increases respect for others and from others
- Reduces fear and hesitation
- Strengthens self-assurance
- Activates self-love
To harness the benefits of yoga power poses, incorporate them into your morning routine or your regular yoga practice if you already have one. Use your favorite yoga power poses whenever you need them, these practices are for you!
The Top 7 Yoga Power Poses
1. Warrior 2 Pose (Virabhadrasana II)
The warrior poses in yoga are difficult yet empowering poses that build strength throughout the body and mind. You can build depth through your feet and exude it out into your fingertips through this foundational pose, activating your inner and outer strength. Like a true warrior, this pose will help you stand up for yourself and get the job done.
2. Tree Pose (Vrkshasana)
To truly access your inner power, it is essential first to have a stable foundation for the body and mind. With this yoga pose, you can learn how to ground into yourself and build strong roots to face any difficulty. Any tree with an intricate network of roots underneath it will be much more difficult to blow down in the storm of life.
3. Goddess Pose (Utkata Konasana)
As a woman, it is important to remember your inner goddess and unique light that provides you with beautiful feminine energy unlike any other. When you connect with your inner goddess through this yoga pose, you can unleash the unlimited energy within you and activate a higher level of confidence than ever before.
4. Reclined Butterfly Pose (Supta Baddha Konasana)
Another effective way to activate and strengthen feminine energy is through yoga poses that open the hips, connect with your womb, and strengthen the pelvic floor. This yoga pose can help you release emotional blocks that prevent your strength from arising while also helping you access and strengthen your inner feminine power.
5. Chair Pose (Utkatasana)
This core-strengthening yoga pose helps you root down into the ground while reaching upwards both physically and mentally to embody the growth you can achieve. By strengthening your physical core, you strengthen your mental core simultaneously, building a fountain of power from the inside out.
6. Triangle Pose (Trikonasana)
When navigating the professional world, it is important to develop the skill to see things from different angles and tap into new perspectives. This yoga pose physically shifts your body and mind into different angles, allowing you to see the world from a new perspective while also strengthening your core, building a strong foundation, and expanding yourself through a broad, open, and confident heart.
7. Child’s Pose (Balasana)
Perhaps the greatest sign of strength is also knowing when to rest and rejuvenate yourself. Burning the candle at both ends is certainly tempting, but it is also essential to take time to rest to maintain your strength and power in the long run. This yoga pose relaxes your nervous system and allows you to restore from within, giving you the ultimate power that only true rest can provide.
Unleash Your Inner Strength
Through yoga power poses, you can tap into the power that emerges from within your soul while also strengthening your body and mind at the same time.
Yoga power poses can remind you of your ultimate self and help you to access the confident woman you are meant to be. Let these yoga power poses take you to that final step and access your inner strength in no time at all.