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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Panchali Yapa
Panchali Yapaabout a year ago

Thank you

Camilla Vaga
Camilla Vagaabout a year ago


Niharika M.
Niharika M.about a year ago

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 - https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=zEAd2z1knwc

Lola S.
Lola S.about a year ago

going to give it a try - thanks

Ziv Adaki
Ziv Adakiabout a year ago


da c.
Past Member about a year ago

Thank you for sharing.

Elena T.
Elena Poensgenabout a year ago

Thank you :)

Lucas Kolasa
Lucas Kolasaabout a year ago


Maria Teresa Schollhorn
Maria Teresa Schollhornabout a year ago

Thank you!

Winn Adams
Winn Adamsabout a year ago