In this tutorial, I’ll show you how to use yoga for positive thoughts. Plus, how to use yoga for positive energy in your body.
There’s nothing quite like using yoga for positive energy and happiness.
When you have positive energy, you feel motivated, you live in the moment, and you enjoy an active life. There are lots of different ways you can start to generate this energy, and in my experience, one of the best ways is with yoga.
All the 27 types of yoga can help you to be positive and energised. And that’s just as well, because if we’re honest, it’s not always easy to be positive.
Sure, you promised yourself Sunday evening that you would think positive and have positive energy in your body all week. It was easy thinking that when you were sitting in your armchair with your pyjamas on, cup of cocoa in hand and Netflix on. Then, it was easy to be a positive person.
But sometime Monday morning you must have lost all your positivity.
You’re heading back to work for a cheque that’s hardly large enough to justify the 40 hour week you put in. You look in the mirror, and even though you’ve been working out religiously you’re still showing those love-handles, and what’s that grey bit in your hair? And as you look around, you realise the house is a mess even though you only just cleaned it yesterday.
It can be a challenge to deal with negative thoughts and stay positive.
Thankfully, we can use yoga for positive energy and positive thoughts [you can also use these 5 techniques to think positively always].
Let me show you how.
How To Use Yoga For Positive Thoughts And Positive Energy In Your Body
Sometimes it is hard to be happy. And naturally, it’s even harder to stay positive in difficult times.
It can be difficult always to keep your chin up, to face every day with a smile on your face. No matter what those self-help books promise about always being positive and staying happy, you seem incapable of not getting down sometimes, of not feeling blue.
And then you wonder whether it’s just you.
- Your friends seem happy enough,
- The people on TV are always living a life of luxury
- Your Facebook friends always seem to have tons to do.
What gives? Is there something wrong with you, some reason you get down from time to time?
No. It’s everyone.
Regardless of what we might say on Facebook or the faces we might paint when we go out, we all get down from time to time, and we all need some ways to keep thinking positive.
Thankfully, there are many great things you can do for your positivity. And one of the best ways to stay positive is with yoga.
Yes, you can use yoga for positive thoughts, and you can use yoga for positive energy in your body.
Just as people have long used meditation for positive thoughts, yoga has been around for millennia too.
5000 years ago, when the Sarasvati civilisation ruled northern India, men and women sought answers—answers to creation, answers to the mysteries of cosmology, and solutions to the plagues of the mind.
That’s why the Sarasvati set down the Rig Veda, the ancient sacred text. They filled the Vedas with songs, mantras and rituals that would form the philosophical basis of what we call yoga.
They weren’t concerned with Lululemon pants. They didn’t care how they looked doing Downward Dog. They sought spiritual, emotional, and physical health.
The original gurus used yoga for positive thoughts and positive energy.
That’s why the practice originated not just as physical exercise but as a philosophical treatise.
The yogic philosophy continued to develop through the Brahmans and Rishis and into the renowned Yogic scriptures the Bhagavad Gita, written in 500 B.C.E.
The Upanishads took the Veda’s idea of ritual sacrifice and internalised it, teaching transcendence of the ego through self-knowledge and action. And through it all, these ancient spiritual gurus were seeking ways, essentially, to make people purer, healthier, happier, and more spiritually aware.
We may be tempted to refer to these ancient texts as religiosity. But in truth, those ancient texts were written as I write this now, with interest in heightening emotional and spiritual awareness, to provide practical answers to life’s questions and complications.
The spiritual gurus wrote yoga for positivity, for happiness, and spiritual awakening.
Yes, today we think yogi-style is cool, and we think it’s about being fit and looking good.
Today, yoga is thought of by many as an exercise used only for physical fitness. And pants.
We’re in danger of losing the most important aspect of the practice: the spiritual philosophy that empowers a person to transcend to higher states of existence.
Yoga is about positive energy as much as it is about physical fitness. That’s why yoga includes practices such as Aparigraha [non-attachment].
How To Do Yoga For Positive Energy And Positive Thoughts
Nothing beats using yoga for positivity. Indeed, the practice is one of the best hobbies for mental health.
There are lots of different yogic practices and exercises that you can use to build positive thoughts. They range from the highly energised training of Vinyassa to (one of my favourites) Paddle-Board Yoga, where we head out onto the water, soak up those rays and Vitamin D, and practice in the ocean.
PositivePsychology says, “The link between yoga and positive psychology is a strong one… it offers an excellent opportunity to enter flow, the state of being fully engaged and present in the moment with no attention paid to the time passing.”
One of the best things about yoga is that it perfectly balances the physical with the mental. It is an exercise for body and mind. And it is one of the best ways to enhance positive emotions like joy and happiness.
If you want to use yoga for positive energy and positive thoughts, work on both the mental and physical aspect simultaneously.
1. Yoga asanas for positive thinking
Asanas are the poses that we all know and love in yoga. Downward Dog? Asana. Corpse pose? Asana. But these asanas aren’t just a way of stretching your body. They revolve around the chakras and nadi.
Each chakra is associated with both physical and mental states.
As we get into asanas, we shouldn’t just be putting our bodies in specific positions; we should also be putting our minds in specific positions by meditating on the asana.
To start using yoga for positive thoughts, try this:
- Get into one of the poses shown in the infographic at the bottom of this page.
- Meditate on the energy in your body
- Make your mind one with your body
- Take 25 breaths while meditating in this position. Feel the positive energy yoga is giving your mind and your body. And notice how you start to think positive thoughts.
That’s the key to using yoga for positive energy—it is done in the mind, not just in the body.
When you enter a pose, meditate on it. Focus the mind on it. This doesn’t just stretch the body, but the mind too. This is the first guiding principle of using yoga for positivity: engage the mind in the pose of the body.
A wise woman once said, “Good breathing is good living”. This is why pranayama is so important. It’s the best way to use yoga for positive energy in your body and positive thoughts in your mind.
DrAxe tells us, “studies tell us that breath control has many of the same benefits that are associated with meditation, including relieving anxiety, increasing energy, improving focus and fighting insomnia, just to name a few.”
Pranayama refers to the technique of guiding the breath around the body when practicing poses. It is a rhythmic guidance of the breath.
When you breathe using the pranayama system, your body absorbs oxygen better. This doesn’t just help your muscles to grow strong and to remain injury-free; it also strengthens the brain and the mind.
Next time you practice yoga, meditate on the asanas and on pranayama.
Put equal effort into proper breathing as you put into doing the actual pose.
A great breathing exercise is to try Breath Of Fire.
3. Relax more
When you combine proper pranayama with asanas, you will find that anxiety and stress evaporate in the mind like a puddle in the sun.
Take the time to appreciate this sensation of body and breath coordinating in the divine marriage of your physical self.
How to relax in yoga, so you get positive thoughts and positive energy:
- Get into Warrior I and stay there
- Close your eyes
- Focus on your breath
- Feel your breath extending through your body
- Now meditate on the oneness between the breath and the asana. Meditate on this. Let the mind be one with asana and pranayama.
This method will create positive energy that relaxes your body and mind. This is when your complete being will resonate as one, like the notes C E and G played in perfect harmony to produce a Major C chord.
4. End with meditation
It’s one of the great misconceptions that yoga always involves movement of the body. Yoga also advocates stillness of body and mind, just as Hinduism and Buddhism do.
5. Practice mindful eating
Your diet makes an enormous difference in how you’re feeling. But what in the name of Annapurna is the right diet? (Annapurna is the Hindu goddess of food).
Most yogis eat entirely fresh food.
We’re talking veggies and fish here, people.
If it’s green and leafy, it’s probably good. If it comes in a packet with tin-foil and tells you to put it in the microwave you should probably chuck it in the crapper, you know?
Nature is divine. Eat nature. Let nature enter your body in its purest state. It will cleanse your body and mind. It will also help to alleviate many of the symptoms of anxiety, depression and other conditions.
Positivity will follow as surely as the river flows to the sea. So eat fresh. Let nature do its wonder in your tummy.
Another great option is to incorporate some Ayurveda practices into your routine.
7. And definitely practise pratyahara yoga (positive energy will last longer)
Pratyahara is the 7th limb of yoga and is all about the mind and what goes into it (sort of like nutrition for the mind). Definitely read our guide to Pratyahara yoga for more on this.
Yoga Poses For Positive Thoughts And Energy
“But Paul,” you say, “you’re talking about the Upanishads and pranayama and all that jazz. I just want to do some yoga poses. I just got brand new yoga pants. Give me some asanas to do already.”
Put your yoga pants on. Let’s see them.
Got ’em on?
Here’s a bunch of asanas for those of you looking for a conventional form of yoga for positivity.
- see the graphic below for images of all these poses
1. Cat-Cow Poses
Cat-cow is the pose where you’re down on all fours and you curl your spine up and down looking like a cat. You already know this move; you’ve done it a trillion times before in yoga class.
Cat-Cow pose calms the mind and relaxes the nervous system. The gentle rhythm of the movement soothes you inwardly. This is one of the best asanas in yoga for positive energy in the body.
2. Warrior II
Warrior II is a fantastic asana for releasing tension and stress. It also promotes a grounded mental state which will make you feel more confident.
3. Dancer Pose
Dancer is one of the best poses in yoga for positivity.
There’s a lot of body language that goes into this pose. You’ve got your arm stretched up (ever notice how you reach your hand upwards when you either stretch to relax or pump your fist in victory when your team wins? Same deal). You’ve got the leg swinging out back too. And your chin is lifted high. All this body language is like a natural happiness pill you’re taking.
If you get into Dancer right now and take ten mindful breaths while holding the pose, you will immediately feel positive energy. Try it!
4. Goddess Pose
This is the pose when you kind of look like a member of the New Zealand All Black’s when they do Haka (which is fantastic). Either that or you look like you’re about to catch the biggest damn beach ball you’ve ever seen.
Goddess helps us in many ways. For starters, the feet are firmly rooted to the ground, which helps us to feel grounded. The spine is held straight but relaxed, which elongates the body and relieves tension. The arms and hands are held up and out, which creates a sense of stability in the back and shoulders. And the whole body is “open”. The overall effect of one of balance and stability. Plus, the open chest enhances breathing. Try the pose now, and you will see how it makes you breathe more deeply, from the diaphragm, which is essential for mental wellbeing.
5. Happy Baby
There’s a reason why this move is called Happy Baby.
Yes, it makes you look like you’re an adult who needs to get your diaper changed, but it also makes you really happy (which is actually because it reminds you of when your parents would pamper you when you were a kid).
The gentle massage on the spine also helps us to relax.
6. Wheel Pose For Positive Thoughts
Wheel pose is one of the best back-bend poses. All back-bend poses help to release endorphins, which are the feel-good chemicals. These endorphins help to relieve stress and anxiety and boost happiness.
Wheel also opens your body deeply so you breath deep, helping you to relax.
And that’s about all you need to know. Use these tips to start using yoga for positivity.
Th-th-th-that’s all, folks! By now you should be feeling pretty darned good. If you haven’t done the practice in this article yet, go ahead and do them now. And remember to do both the physical exercises and the mental exercises. Afterwards, you will notice a big boost in your mood.
Oh, one more thing, I created an infographic that I thought might be helpful. Feel free to share this infograpahic. Just leave a backlink.
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I’ve also created a downloadable PDF for this. Hope it helps.
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