Last year, I started to pick up on a strange phenomenon with my yoga students. I began observing people's level of self-confidence before and after they took class. What I found is that after class people were not only more outgoing socially, but their body language also reflected one of confidence, power, and ease.
Realizing this energetic shift made me wonder how I could use yoga at work for productivity or before a meeting, party, or presentation to decrease my anxiety and increase my confidence. So I hit the mat and created a flow that uses specific poses to enhance my sense of empowerment, boost my energy, and give me more focus. For one month I did this flow whenever I felt it could benefit me, and the results were amazing.
I found that after only 10 minutes of repeating this routine, I would feel a complete transformation in my self-esteem. I started speaking up more in my team meetings, I had more problem-solving ideas, and my creativity and energy skyrocketed.
Seeing how much of a game-changer this has been for me, I wanted to share the flow with all of you. This sequence can be done with or without a mat. It can be a solo practice or perhaps one you invite your friends or co-workers join in on. As you move through the poses, simply become an observer of how your body feels and what thoughts arise in your mind without judgment. This mindfulness practice uses movement, breath, and awareness to reconnect you with you.
Try it out when you hit an afternoon slump, need inspiration, or before your next big date, meeting, or presentation. It's a great tool for helping you show up as your best self in any situation.