In this tutorial, I’ll show you how to use yoga for positive thoughts. Plus, how to use yoga poses for positive energy in your body.
There’s nothing quite like using yoga poses for positive thinking and happiness. When you have positive energy, you feel motivated, live in the moment, and enjoy an active life.
You can use most of the 27 types of yoga for positive energy.
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, a cup of cocoa in hand and Netflix on.
But sometimes it’s not so easy. Sometimes you wonder how you can stay positive through difficult times.
It’s Monday morning. 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.
Yes, it can be difficult to stay positive.
Thankfully, we can use yoga for positive energy and positive thoughts. And you can also these 5 techniques to think positively always.
I’ll show you how.
How To Use Yoga For Positive Thoughts And Positive Energy In Your Body
Yes, you can use yoga for positive thoughts. And you can use yoga for positive energy in your body. With yoga, we release stress and anxiety and get rid of negative energy.
In fact, if you look at the history of yoga, it’s always been about positivity.
Philosophy of yoga – it’s about positivity
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. Certainly, they didn’t care how they looked doing Downward Dog. Instead, 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.
Then, when Patajali wrote the Yoga sutras, the philosophy of yoga took the world by storm. And interestingly, in Patanjali’s Eight Limbs of Yoga, seven of those limbs are not asanas (poses) but mental exercises. Because Patanjali understood the need for positive thoughts and positive lifestyles.
The eight limbs of yoga in Ashtanga (Yama, Niyama, Asana, Pranayama, Pratyahara, Dharana, Dhyana, and Samadhi) are excellent ways to create positive thoughts and energy.
So how do you do it?
How To Do Yoga For Positive Energy And Positive Thoughts
Nothing beats using yoga for positivity. Indeed, yoga 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 Vinyasa 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 the 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 poses for positive energy
Asanas are the poses that we all know and love in yoga. like Downward Dog and Corpse pose. But these asanas aren’t just a way of stretching your body. Actually, they revolve around the chakras and nadi.
Each chakra is associated with both physical and mental states. When 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 twenty-five 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 poses 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. When we do this, we stretch both the body and mind.
A wise woman once said, “Good breathing is good living”. Indeed, 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.
Dr Axe says, “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 practising poses. It is rhythmic guidance of the breath. When you practice pranayama, your body absorbs oxygen better. Not only does just help your muscles to grow strong but it also strengthens the brain.
Next time you practice yoga, meditate on the asanas and on pranayama. You should put equal effort into proper breathing as you put into doing the actual pose.
A great breathing exercise to try is 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 the sensations in the body and in the breath.
- 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. Let the mind be one with asana and pranayama.
This method will create positive energy that relaxes your body and mind. 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 the 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 tinfoil and tells you to put it in the microwave you should 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 and help alleviate symptoms of anxiety, depression, and other conditions.
Positivity will follow as surely as the river flows to the sea. Hence, eat fresh. Let nature perform wonders 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 (like nutrition for the mind). Definitely read our guide to Pratyahara techniques.
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.”
All right. Put your yoga pants on.
Now let’s look at the best yoga opses for positive energy in the body.
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. When we perform this gentle rhythmic movement, we soothe inwardly. Indeed, 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 yoga poses 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). Also, 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. If you get into Dancer right now and take ten mindful breaths while holding the pose, you will immediately feel positive energy.
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 pose helps us in many ways.
For starters, the feet are firmly rooted to the ground, which helps us to feel grounded. Your spine is held straight but relaxed, which elongates the body and relieves tension. 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 is one of balance and stability. Plus, the open chest enhances breathing. If you do this now, 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 this 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). When we gently massage the spine in Happy Baby, we relax.
6. Wheel Pose For Positive Thoughts
Wheel pose is one of the best backbend poses. All backbend poses help to release endorphins, which are feel-good chemicals. When we get these endorphins, we relieve stress and anxiety and boost happiness. Plus, we also get the deep-breathing benefits of Wheel Pose.
Th-th-th-that’s all, folks!
By now you should be feeling darned good. If you haven’t done the practices in this article yet, go ahead and do them now. And remember to do both the physical exercises and the mental exercises. If you do this, you will notice a big boost in your mindset.
Oh, one more thing, I created an infographic that I thought might be helpful. You can feel free to share. Just leave a backlink.
Paul Harrison is a passionate meditation teacher who believes in genuine, authentic meditation. He has more than 15 years experience in meditation and mindfulness. He studied meditation in beautiful Oxford, UK, and Hamilton Ontario Canada, and earned his degree at Staffordshire University.
“My goal is to provide the most authentic meditation sessions so you can harness the power of your own mind for personal transformation” – Paul Harrison