Yoga for Change PranayamaPranayama can help you build confidence and embrace change through its ability to deepen your connection to yourself. A few essential pranayama exercises to incorporate into your yoga for change practice are Kapalabhati (breath of fire), Nadi Shodhana (alternate nostril breathing), and Simhasana (lion’s breath). Kapalabhati is heating, cleansing, and removes toxins. Nadi Shodhana is a balancing technique that calms the nervous system. Simhasana is powerful in its ability to remove obstacles and build confidence. Practicing these pranayama techniques will put you deeper in touch with your breath and vital life force energy, and offers you a stronger connection to self. These practices will also allow you to accept and welcome change. Learn more about pranayama benefits and why you should practice everyday.
Yoga for Change SequenceThe following yoga for change sequence will build self-confidence and ground, establish a sense of wellbeing within, so you can be of service to others, and create change. The following poses are powerful, which will help establish a stronger sense of self and increase your vitality or ojas. You can practice these poses individually or as a sequence.
- Sun Salutation A
- Downward dog
- One-leg down dog
- Wild thing
- Down dog
- Warrior 1
- Reverse warrior
- Warrior 3
- Warrior 2
- Side plank
- Bow pose
- Child’s pose
- Camel pose
- Hero pose
- Supine easy twist
Affirmations to Change Your MindsetTo embrace change and build confidence, it’s essential to shine a light on the negative talk and then replace it with positive language. Shame cannot live in the light. By exposing negative self-talk, imposter syndrome, doubt, fear, jealousy, or envy, we can then make a conscious decision to change it for the better. Every time you catch yourself feeling one of these emotions, or engaging in negative self-talk, call it out! Say to that feeling: “Hello, I see you. Thank you for showing up, protecting me in the past, but I’m choosing a new direction and voice right now.” Try these affirmations to change your mindset, build confidence, and emerge into your best self! Practice while gazing at yourself in the mirror for an extra powerful effect.
- I am grateful for __X__ emotion. It has inspired me and shown me I want more for myself.
- Shame and guilt cannot live in the light. I see you, and I love you.
- I love and embrace change.
- Radical acceptance of self is my regular.
- I accept all that I am in every moment.
- I absolutely love, believe, and trust in myself.