I was 18—and completely unsure of myself—when I first started practicing yoga. I was insecure about who I was and where my life was going, and I never felt like I was enough. This manifested as poor posture: rounded shoulders and a downward gaze—a stance I held in a subconscious attempt to hide myself.
Gradually, my yoga practice revealed that being timid and fearful negatively affected the way I carried myself. Luckily, both practicing and teaching yoga has taught me how to make changes to my posture that not only radically shifted how I moved, but also transformed how I felt and presented myself to others. Over the years, I’ve worked on shifting my shy posture into one that’s more powerful—with my shoulders drawn back and my heart shining forward.
I designed the following sequence to help you access more freedom in your shoulders, chest, and spine. When you practice these postures, notice if you feel a sense of courageousness within. Ideally, this practice will empower you to show up with more confidence and bravery in your own life, too.
About Our Pro
Teacher and model Kat Fowler is a yoga and meditation teacher and mentor in New York City. She teaches classes and leads trainings in Manhattan at Yoga Vida and online. For more information, visit katfowleryoga.com.