The way you carry yourself and your posture says a lot about your personality and your current mindset.
When you are in a bad mood or feeling insecure, it is common to hunch over and look down or at your feet. When you are in a bright and confident mood however, your shoulders are often pulled back and you can hold your head up high.
Your posture not only reflects how you are feeling but it can also influence how you are feeling. When you become aware of how you are holding your body in space, you can make a few tweaks and experience the boost of emotions that follows.
One of the most famous poses for boosting your mood is the power pose. By standing with your chest puffed out, your head held high and your hands on your hips- like superman, you can send a wave of feel good hormones all through your body.
In fact, your posture can actually effect cortisol levels in the brain, which can influence your stress levels and change the way that you feel about yourself.
When you stand in the power pose, for just a few minutes a day, it can help to activate your power center and to make you feel more confident.
On a spiritual level, standing up tall can actually help the flow of energy to move through you without any blockages or awkward curves to navigate through.
Power posing is a great technique that you can use before walking into a business meeting, audition or job interview. It is also a great technique you can do at anytime to gain more confidence and inner strength.
Here are 5 other power poses that you can use to boost your mood:
1. Pose of Gratitude
We all know how powerful the emotion of gratitude can be. Stand tall with your arms stretched up to the ceiling in V-shape, almost like you are doing a big stretch. Look up to the sky and say thank you, thank you, thank you. Hold this position for 3-4 breaths.
2. Pose of Love
To bring more loving energy into your life, stand straight with your hands over your heart in a prayer position. Take a deep breath and then open your arms wide out to the side as you exhale. As your arms are stretched out, open your chest out to the world. Make sure your shoulders are back and not rounded. Bring your hands back into prayer position and repeat this movement 3 times at a fairly quick pace.
3. Pose of Receiving
To receive abundance or energy from the Universe, stand tall with your shoulders back and your feet hip distance apart. Stretch your arms out in front of you at shoulder height with your palms facing upwards. Almost like you are receiving a gift. Keep your chin up and breath deeply here for 4-5 breaths.
4. Pose of Calm
To calm any anger or frustration, stand tall with your feet wide apart but with your knees relaxed. Place your hands in prayer position over your heart. Close your eyes and hold this position for 6 deep breaths.
5. Pose of Joy
To feel waves of joy and happiness, stand tall with your feet a little wider than hip distance apart. Stretch your arms out to the side and put your thumbs up. Smile and stand in this pose for 4-5 breaths.
Try these poses and see if they make a difference to your mood and overall feelings. You can also practice hand positions or mudras as well. Here is some popular mudras you can try-