Yoga Poses for Happiness
Updated: Feb 19, 2019
Life can throw a lot of curveballs. Our paths change, jobs are lost, hearts break, we lose people close to us, and we can lose our direction amidst the challenges. However, if we can find a way to be happy at our core through all of this, then I truly believe that anyone can find inner peace.
Happiness Is Your Right
First off, you need to choose to be happy. We can choose to lose ourselves in fear, anger, frustration, stress, or we can decide to smile, to laugh, to think positive thoughts and practice gratitude, thereby attracting those same vibes back into our lives.
Everyday we are awarded a new chance. A time to make a decision. A choice to be happy, and choose to be positive, or negative
Create Your Own Happiness
Often in our relationships, and other areas of our lives, we find ourselves relying on someone else to make us happy. Some are guilty of waiting for a special someone to enter our lives in order to be happy at all.
The sad thing about these “I will be happy when…” statements is that they equate to a whole lot of waiting and not living in the present. To change this we need to take control of our happiness. Make choices and decisions based on today, not on an uncertain and ever changing future plan.
The peace and happiness we access on our mats is not by chance.
Although many write it off as just another exercise-induced dopamine high, yoga goes deeper than that. The mind-body connection created in yoga is thought to facilitate change at a cellular level.
When we move with positive intention, we are imprinting these thoughts, not only on our minds, but also on our bodies. We are conducting a change that may start on the mat, but carry forth off our mat.
Much of our unhappiness comes from our thoughts or feelings because we judge our experiences in terms of good or bad. Not only does a full practice of yoga and meditation gently remove these self-judgments, but with time, it can begin to reshape our attitudes, views, and thoughts.
Use cat and cow pose to calm the constant fluctuations of the mind and relax your nervous system, and create gentle movement through the body, inviting the flow of positive energy through your body.
Mantra: “I will find joy in my journey.”
2. Warrior II
Use this pose to find power, and remind yourself that you can stand strong, that you are invincible and amazing in everything that you do!
Mantra: “I am enough, I am strong”
This beautiful pose just oozes with grace and elegance, and feelings of lightness and happiness, while at the same time literally releasing tension in the hips and opening up the heart.
Mantra: “I welcome freedom, and energy.”
Let this energizing and empowering pose remind you that you’re completely in charge of your own happiness.
Mantra: “I am a strong, and confident”
This kickass pose can’t fail to bring a smile to your face when you master it. Build focus, strength and concentration while calming your mind.
Mantra: “I welcome balance, strength and happiness.”
Backbends are proven to release endorphins. The deep opening through the front of the body helps to relive stress and energize the body.
Mantra: “Open heart, open mind.”
Create space for all of the positivity and happiness that you welcome as you say goodbye to any tension that you may be holding in your hips.
Mantra: “Be happy, be you.”
Look at life from a fresh perspective as you feel the blood flow throughout your entire body, filling your day with positive energy.
Mantra: “I will do more of what makes me happy.”
9. Reclined Butterfly
We live in a crazy busy world, so use this pose to remember how important it is to be able to find the calm.
Mantra: “I deserve happiness.”
Yoga asks one simple thing of us: To show up in mind, body, and spirit.
Yoga doesn’t just lift our spirits. It lifts our lives. It opens our eyes to the essence of who we are, and therein lies peace and happiness.