It is said that growing teenagers are always in a difficult place. A statement very true and reflective of those individuals who are slowly blossoming into young adults. The average teen faces many dilemmas mostly with identity, body image issues, social acceptance, peer validation and bullying.

The root for almost all teenage angst lies in low self-confidence and esteem. A self-confidence kit labelled with step- by- step instructions would be a godsend for the struggling teen and the worried parent.

Yoga is universally known to bring about clarity and boost self-confidence levels. Practising Yoga first and foremost builds self-love, releases endorphins, helps focus and concentration. This is in addition to the many benefits a teenager experiences, Yoga can truly be termed ‘a teen’s self-confidence kit.’

So which poses can boost an individual’s self-confidence, make you feel strong from the inside out?

1. Forearm Planks

Elbows directly in line with your shoulders. This pose activates core strength, helping activation of your solar plexus, igniting fiery confidence! A few deep breaths and determination to hold this pose is the first step on your journey to self-confidence.

2. Warrior Pose I

Stretching your entire body in two directions, this warrior pose opens up your shoulders, arms, legs, ankles, back, hips, chest and lungs. It also stretches your belly and groin energizing the entire body. This pose helps you realize the level of control you have over your daily life external strength is registered in the subconscious mind as inner-strength and gives rise to a new facet of you.

3. Warrior pose II

A simple pose to achieve, but its power lies in your feet, grounding and making a positive affirmation, that you are indeed a warrior. This pose helps bring balance and perspective to your standing, that a shift in your awareness is summoned.

4. Warrior pose III

This pose prepares you to go to war, requiring full body engagement, you are grounded but ready to take off, it calls awareness to the full body and strengthens the length of your behind. Your unguarded back is the most vulnerable at war, life as a metaphor, this pose is a powerful tool to compose yourself with a pat on your back and works as a powerful reminder “I’ve got your back” – you to you. The most important step in your journey to self-confidence.

5. Tree Pose

The tree pose is named so to reflect the tree, which is firmly rooted but always swaying with the song of the wind. Great for achieving balance and inner stillness, but here the balance is not found in concentrated rigidity, the body is bound to sway like a tree and when one’s footing is found and with a certain level of self-acceptance, your esteem and confidence are looked upon from a place of love. Very much like how a tree considers its inhabitants, family.

The tree pose is named so to reflect the tree, which is firmly rooted but always swaying with the song of the wind. Great for achieving balance and inner-stillness, but here the balance is not found in concentrated rigidity, the body is bound to sway like a tree and when one’s footing is found and with a certain level of self- acceptance, your esteem and confidence are looked upon from a place of love. Very much like how a tree considers its inhabitants, family.

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