Cultivate Inner Strength Through Yoga and Positive Thinking
Cultivating inner strength provides you with the discipline and fortitude necessary to face any challenge. The process for building inner strength is similar to that of physical strength, requiring the use of both mental discipline and physical determination.
Yoga is an excellent way to foster the mind-body connection. The focus and physical ability necessary to stretch, hold, and balance yourself can be therapeutic and enlightening. We’ve selected a collection of our favorite yoga poses and paired them each with a positive affirmation. By combining these two practices, you are getting a boost of good energy that can help you cultivate your inner strength and conquer the week.
Get into the pose or position and repeat the positive affirmation with each breath.
To do the mountain pose, simply stand up straight and tall, look forward, and keep your arms relaxed at your side. Breathe deeply and hold for 30 seconds.
“I understand and tolerate discomfort and accept my feelings without being controlled by them”
To do Warrior I, stand up straight before stepping forward with your right foot and bend your knee into a lunge position. Keep your left leg straight and turn your foot approximately 45 degrees. Bring your arms over your head as you inhale while arching your back slightly. Breathe deeply and hold for 30 seconds.
“I take calculated, not random risks”
To do Warrior II, start in mountain pose. Step your left leg out 3 to 4 feet and turn your left foot 90 degrees or so it is parallel to the mat. Stretch out both arms, palms down, until they are level with your shoulders. Swivel the right arm forward and left arm back while keeping the right knee bent over the right ankle as you let your hip sink to the floor. Breathe deeply and hold the position for 10 seconds.
“I invest my energy in the present moment”
To do Peaceful Warrior, turn your palms upward while you lean back and slide your left hand down your left leg. Arch your back slightly and curl your right arm over your head. Look up and hold before repeating the entire sequence for the other side.
“I experience a sense of peace and love with every breath I take”