Build up your courage—and sense of humor—through your yoga practice. This 4-pose sequence can give you a confidence boost when you need it most—and help you tap into a lighter, sweeter state of mind any time of day.
Before you start, stand at the top of your mat, close your eyes and take 3 deep breaths. Visualize something that scares you—like doing a certain dreaded pose or giving a presentation at work. Then imagine that you are laughing about the funniest thing that ever happened. These poses will encourage you to try the things that scare you while staying lighthearted about them.
Keep your breathing smooth and even, as you add in a few standing and balancing poses. When you hold yourself up with the strength of your feet and legs, you start breaking through resistance and begin softening into playfulness. If you start to fall, good! Just get right back up. Falling is a sign of building stamina and strength—physically and mentally.
TRY IT Take 5 deep breaths in each pose.
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