Yoga gives you the opportunity to get to know your body and become more self-aware during your practice, but what about when you are off your mat?
It’s very easy to become disconnected from our body when family, kids, work, emails, etc, need our attention.
How often do you really take notice of your body during the day?
Are you aware of your posture and the subtle energy shifts that take place or how your mind and body respond to them each day?
How you hold your body and posture is very important because it also affects your mood, how you feel, and your thought patterns.
If we feel powerless, lack confidence or are anxious or depressed, we tend to close ourselves off with crossed arms, hunching or making ourselves small.
If we are happy, confident and joyous we are more open, holding our posture upright with shoulders back and head held high.
“A good stance and posture reflect a proper state of mind.” -Morihei Ueshiba
By simply becoming aware of how we carry our body, we can easily change the way we feel by changing our posture.
This is especially useful if you find yourself in a funk. By doing a few power poses for 2 minutes can change your entire state of being.
If you would like to find out more how your body language can affect how you feel, check out this Ted Talk from Amy Cuddy.
I invite you to become more mindful of your body as you go about your day with this simple exercise of every time you drink something, whether it is water, tea, juice, etc…
To observe your posture, notice how you are carrying yourself and what you’re feeling and thinking in that moment.
This can help you gain a deeper insight into how your thoughts and emotions affect your posture and physical body on a daily basis.
The more you practice being aware, the more you’re able to notice the subtle shifts when they arise and nurture your thoughts and feelings, along with adjusting your body language if you need to.
Stand tall, be yourself and love yourself unconditionally.
With love and light,
PS And, of course, practising yoga will help you get out of your head and connect deeply with your body. 🙂