Power Positions

Discover how your body shape determines the way you feel, think and behave.

How do you want to feel today? Brimming with joy and optimism, or wilting with exhaustion and anxiety? Bubbling over with confidence and strength, or feeling disempowered and defeated? You have the power to choose how you feel and it all comes down to your body shape.

Now, I’m not suggesting your happiness is dependent on your shoe size or the shapeliness of your legs. But there is plenty of research to show that your mood and behaviour are directly affected by the way you hold your body.

Amy Cuddy, an associate professor at Harvard, discovered that ‘power posing’, standing in a position of strength and confidence, directly affects testosterone and cortisol levels in the brain. Simply changing the way you stand will alter your brain chemistry and make you feel more confident, powerful and, she argues, may even make you more effective and successful. As Cuddy puts it “Our bodies change our minds, and our minds can change our behavior, and our behavior can change our outcomes.”

Another leading psychologist, Sonja Lyubormirsky, devised an experiment in which one group held a pencil in their mouths lengthways (triggering the facial muscles used for frowning) and the other group held a pencil in their mouths widthways (triggering the facial muscles used for smiling). Lyubormirsky established that pulling facial muscles into a smile-shape by holding a pencil widthways actually generated positive emotion, while pursing the lips decreased levels of reported wellbeing. This process is known as ‘facial feedback’ and throws a whole new light on the saying ‘fake it till you make it’.


If standing tall or holding a pencil in your mouth can change your levels of happiness and confidence, it’s little surprise that yoga poses can have a significant effect on the way you feel and, consequently, the way you behave. Think of the strength and confidence inherent in a pose like Warrior 1. Picture the stability and groundedness of Tree Pose. Imagine the peace and surrender of Corpse Pose.

A carefully crafted yoga practice can move your body in ways that have a deep and lasting effect on your thoughts and feelings. The right sequence can pick you up when you’re feeling low, while an alternative combination of poses can calm you down when you’re overwhelmed. 

More and more studies are demonstrating the benefits of yoga for depression, insomnia, anxiety, cancer, blood pressure and other conditions. Therapeutic yoga is a powerful modality that can change our bodies, minds and behaviour, leading to happy, healthy outcomes. 

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Yes, this article is also a good resource for my yoga journey and been trying this power posing in front of my mirror and I’m kinda proud of it because every time I do this power posing I always see some little improvement that makes me happy. after months of training I will show this to my friends the power of power posing I learned.