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A Simple Yoga Pose That Boosts Self-Confidence

A Simple Yoga Pose That Boosts Self-Confidence

Do you get the jitters before going up on stage? Nervous before walking into an important meeting?

I have to confess I feel a pang of insecurity when required to speak before a gathering. To overcome this, I have tried—with much success, I must say—many tips handed out by those in the know. Some of the advice I always follow is this:

  • Practice deep breathing.
  • Smile, no matter how many butterflies are fluttering about inside.
  • Sip chamomile tea. It has an intensely calming effect on the nerves.

But one thing that really and instantly helps me before I walk into the boardroom or up the stage is an incredibly easy yoga asana. It is called Tadasana or the Palm Tree Pose.

When I was a child, my mother would make me practice Tadasana every morning, because yoga gurus say it can increase your height. I am not sure about that, but it definitely stretches the vertebral column, and makes you feel taller.

This is a very basic yoga pose, and can be done minutes before your meeting or event. You need not have any previous experience of yoga to try Tadasana; all it takes is gentle stretching while standing on your feet. One of the beautiful things about yoga, and especially this asana, is that it relaxes you while also gearing you up for action!

Here is why it works as a self-confidence booster:

The pose elongates the trapezius muscle in your back and realigns the body. This creates an appearance of length—as if you are literally standing tall, like a palm tree—and lifts your confidence levels instantly.

The asana creates a sense of space within your body, allowing your vital organs to work more efficiently. This results in better blood circulation, more oxygen flow, and hence, greater confidence.

To do Tadasana:

Stand straight, and inhale slowly, then exhale slowly—three times. Simultaneously, extend your arms over your head, and rise on your toes. Your palms should face forward.

Keep your weight balanced, and stretch the muscles of your back, again very slowly. Imagine a line of energy all the way up along your inner thighs to your groins, and from there through the core of your torso, neck, and head, and out through the crown of your head.  Exhale for three beats.

Hold the pose for two more breaths.

Gradually ease yourself back on your feet.

Feel the new energy and confidence flow through you!

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Shubhra Krishan

Writer, editor and journalist Shubhra Krishan is the author of Essential Ayurveda: What it is and what it can do for you (New World Library, 2003), Radiant Body, Restful Mind: A Woman's book of comfort (New World Library, 2004), and The 9 to 5 Yogi: How to feel like a sage while working like a dog (Hay House India, 2011).


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7:46AM PDT on Jul 13, 2014

Thank you

10:30AM PDT on Jul 7, 2014


12:57PM PDT on Jun 30, 2014

Very Helpful Article. A very important point to kept in mind about "Yoga" . The word Yoga literally means : "Union".

Yoga is not a set of poses and poses themselves do not work to the optimum level the way they should. Before we use Yoga in out lives to imporve its quality we must try to find out about its. roots.

Yoga Is a a comprehensive science of mind body and soul to get a Human being to realize his/her Full potential. Here is what a Yogi has to say about "The true purpose of Yoga" - copy and paste -

11:10AM PDT on Jun 29, 2014

going to give it a try - thanks

2:25AM PDT on Jun 29, 2014


8:33AM PDT on Jun 28, 2014

Thank you for sharing.

7:01AM PDT on Jun 28, 2014

Thank you :)

10:15AM PDT on Jun 27, 2014


4:18AM PDT on Jun 27, 2014

Thank you!

5:15PM PDT on Jun 26, 2014


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