One of my favorite things about taking class with Tim Floreen at Yoga Tree Stanyan are his stories. He magically weaves a story into the class, often telling half during one side of pigeon and the rest on the second side.
About six months ago, during pigeon, he told the class about this amazing TED Talk he had seen with Amy Cuddy about body language. I watched the video when I got home and it has stayed with me ever since.
Instead of faking it until you make it, she talked about faking it until you BECOME it – that your body language and your posture can ultimately shape who you are as a person.
Isn’t that one of the primary functions of yoga? Moving our bodies through asana that require us to have good posture, become comfortable in discomfort, to breathe life into the darkest parts of ourselves – until one day we emerge a better version of ourselves. Having the confidence to hold ourselves tall, being able to move through challenging situations with ease, knowing ourselves better.
Watch Amy Cuddy’s TED Talk, and in the comments let me know what you are trying to become, and how you can fake it in the mean time. (PS this is a great video to watch before walking into a conversation you’re intimidated about, like a job interview).
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