The human self-esteem, which is inherently fragile in nature, often requires special nurturing in order to blossom. The great Buddha himself once said: “You yourself, as much as anybody in the entire universe, deserve your love and affection.” Without a healthy self esteem we largely lack the initiative required to live our best lives. It also leaves us insecure to the point where we allow our fears to control our lives. By regularly engaging in yoga, it will not only become significantly easier to maintain adequate physical and mental health, but it will also boost your self-esteem in wonderful ways. Here’s how incorporating yoga into an esteem-boosting lifestyle will see you live an overall happier, more fulfilling life.
Yoga strengthens your body
As much as we try to convince ourselves that we place very little value on our outward appearances, it, unfortunately, isn’t true. We all experience those days where our clothes don’t fit right, our skins break out and our hair frizz in the most horrendous ways. Engaging in strengthening and toning exercises can help a great deal in making your body look and feel better, boosting your self esteem in the process. Once you feel more comfortable in your own skin you will find that you have the confidence to do things you never would have thought about doing before. You will learn that you may not be perfect but that you also don’t need to be perfect. You are good enough just the way you are and that, in itself is enough.
Yoga strengthens your mind
If your self-esteem has been dwindling for some time, you might find yourself balancing on the brink of depression. Yoga can help you rid your mind of all the negative thoughts you have about yourself, filling it instead with thoughts of self-love and self-appreciation. Yoga is also known to increase the blood circulation in the body, boosting the flow of energy to the brain and nervous system as well which can help you deal with any underlying anxiety and stress you may be facing. As these hindrances decrease, your confidence will systematically increase as you become aware of your own inner strength and ability to deal with difficult situations.
Yoga will put you in touch with like-minded people
When we lack self-confidence we often isolate ourselves. While being alone from time to time is, in fact, healthy, becoming reclusive is not. Surrounding ourselves with body-negative friends can take a huge toll on our self esteems, making us doubt our self-worth even more. If you attend a yoga class you will be surrounded with a host of positive, like-minded individuals that will boost your confidence instead of breaking it down. You will be able to forge valuable friendships that don’t revolve around superficial things such as appearances.
By engaging as little as twice a week in yoga will already see you enjoy a range of benefits that will not only improve your physical health, but boost your confidence as well.