I went to a yoga class Friday for the first time in a couple of weeks. My goal is to get back into the yoga studio more often, because I have been neglecting yoga for months. I try to practice at home, but it just isn’t the same as surrendering to someone else’s lead so you can go deeper into yourself. I find that when I practice at home I get too distracted and end up only doing the physical movements vs. the inner work. Being in class reminded me just how much yoga has improved my confidence. As I moved from pose to pose, noticing how my body was as creaky as old wooden floors, I also thought about everything yoga has done for me since I started practicing at a tumultuous time of my life.
Yoga & Confidence:
Improved my posture and thus body language. Working on lifting and opening the heart has helped me avoid the slouching position I often take in social situations. I tend to retreat into myself, often physically curling up and crossing my arms, but yoga has taught me to open my arms, hands, and heart to the world.
Have you tried yoga? Did you take anything away from it? Let me know in the comments!