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Power Poses

5 Yoga Poses to Boost Your Confidence and Self-esteem

Article by Caitlin Agnew

Photography by Life N Light

Originally published in Kirkland Lifestyle

Kirkland resident, Brett Larkin, is the founder of Uplifted Yoga and teaches yoga designed to ignite a personal transformation. Her award-winning YouTube channel has over 500,000 subscribers. A trailblazer in the online yoga space, she started certifying yoga teachers virtually through her online yoga school in 2015. Here Brett shares with Kirkland Lifestyle 5 Power Poses to incorporate into your practice for a confident and powerful new year.  For more info about Brett and her online training options for all levels, go to 

Can yoga help build self-esteem?  Confidence is all about feeling good in your own skin, and practicing yoga makes you more aware of your body. You are tuning into your breath, your feelings, and your true vision. Physically it strengthens you. Mentally it helps you focus. With improved posture, you stand taller; and with a clear mind you are more prepared and confident to take on what comes your way.

Low Lunge (Parsva Anjaneyasana)

Stand taller and open your side body in this low lunge variation.

Bridge Pose (Setu Bandha Sarvangasana)

Project radiance up and out from your heart while strengthening your back body.

Camel Pose (Ustrasana)

Open your heart for increased confidence and counteract “text neck” while you’re at it.

Shoulder Stand (Sarvangasana)

Usher in a fresh perspective and new creative ideas. Also great for relieving low back pain.

Wild Thing (Camatkarasana)

Take up space. Get fierce. Practice stretching into the fullest expression of who you are.