Saturday, January 26, 2013

Yoga's Power Poses

I am Grateful offerings are helpful in our life off the mat...

Towards the end of last year I taught a class with a theme of how our body language affects us and those around us.  The class was inspired by and revolved around a TED talk by Amy Cuddy I had watched recently. The "Power Poses" she refers to can easily be translated into a really nice expansive yoga sequence using very basic yoga postures (remember basic does not mean boring...) . I suggested to my students they may want to watch the entire talk.  Last week I had a student say she not only watched it; but, had her children watch it as well, AND she used the advice in a workplace conflict and truly felt it made a big difference in the way she handled the situation. I LOVE it when our yoga goes off the mat! If you are stuck inside today (weather has lots of yoga cancelled here in the Monroe, NC area) watch this video and perform the power poses she offers, think tall spine, expansive inner body & wide open heart! Enjoy the confident peaceful feelings that follow:)

Published on Oct 1, 2012
Body language affects how others see us, but it may also change how we see ourselves. Social psychologist Amy Cuddy shows how "power posing" -- standing in a posture of confidence, even when we don't feel confident -- can affect testosterone and cortisol levels in the brain, and might even have an impact on our chances for success.

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Thanks for sharing!