I don’t know about you, but these last few weeks have been intense. My mother’s twin sister unexpectedly passed away, and a week later her brother passed. Around the same time I found out my dad has cancer. As I am writing this, my younger sister is visiting on her way to move to Hawaii, and I feel so grateful to spend time with her, I’m just focused on creating good memories of fun adventures on Earth. Keeping my vibe high!
Life happens. I regain peace of mind by being proactive for my mental health and wellbeing. Fortunately we have yoga, and we can learn different poses (asanas) to keep our minds thoughtfully thoughtless, and open to meditative state of awareness and gratitude.
The first time I read about Power Poses was googling natural ways to stop an anxiety attack in public without medicine. I read about the Superman pose, and i remember trying it for the first time in a Personality course in college. There was a lot of class participation, which triggered my anxiety. A few times, I tried this pose in the bathroom when I felt an attack coming. It helped ease my sympathetic nervous system, stopping the shaking, sweating, and stammering.
Toward the end of my degree, i learned there is an extensive amount of research on the benefits of yoga. Researchers have found that yoga can alter our mental states, even more so than medication. This is because our bodies are connected to our mind, through our nervous system. When we stand in certain positions, it triggers a release of hormones in our brain, altering the state of our mind.
This has huge implications for treating depression and anxiety- but you’d be hard pressed to hear about these kinds of treatments in the main stream- because of the way we treat health in America…
Try these 5 powerful power poses to instantly improve your mood, to give you a general sense of empowerment and well being.
- The Superman
This pose is will have you feeling pretty fantastic, and ready for any challenge. Stand with your feet should width apart. Put your hands on your hips, elbows bent. Back is straight, shoulders relaxed, ribs in line with hips. Take 5 deep breaths. Repeat the Mantra: I am Powerful. Nothing can stop me.
- Pose of Gratitude
Gratitude is one of the highest vibrational emotions that can be felt. When your attitude is gratitude, you generate an empowering vibration that attracts abundance. Stand with your feet shoulder width apart. Take a deep breath and raise your arms above your head in a V formation. Tilt your gaze to the sky, and say thank you five times, with five deep breaths.
- Pose of Receiving
If we are open to receive the blessings the world has to offer, we shall. Ready yourself to receive. Stand shoulder width a part. Stretch arms outward, palms up. Feel energy coming into you. Breathe deeply 3-5 times. Repeat the Mantra: I am Ready to Receive.
- Pose of Joy
Stand shoulder width a part. Stretch arms outward to either side, thumbs up. Stand like this for 4-5 breaths Repeat the Mantra: I am a Being of Boundless Light and Compassion, filled with Joy.
- Pose of Calm
This pose will any bad mood. Stand should width a part, knees slightly bent. Hands in prayer over heart. Close eyes, or gaze at your finger tips. Breathe deep eyes closed 4-5 times. Silently repeat the mantra: My Inner Peace Is Unshakeable.
I hope these poses bring you a sense of calm and wellness. If you have any questions, feel free to reach out to me on Instagram or in the comments! Have a blessed day, Star Seeds!