The Power of Affirmation…The Yoga Way!

By Claire Diab and Dennis Boyle

Affirmations are words or phrases that you can repeat to yourself to transform thoughts to belief and unlimitedly into reality. Focused affirmations are a great way to create new possibilities and help curb negative thinking, tension, and stress.   

Research suggests self-affirmation can help in stress management and improve productivity and mood.

We can bring positivity into our day through our practice of yoga using the power of words in our poses. Sun Salutations are a perfect place to start.

Set an intention: As you flow in the poses, silently state an affirmation as you move and breathe. You can customize these thoughts depending on your goals. They can be as specific or broad as you would like.

Remember…What you think, you create!

Here is a simple guide to get you started:

Hands to Heart:     I Am Strong

Hands to Sky:        I Am Healthy

Hands to Feet:      I Have Everything I Need

Equestrian Pose:    I Am Energetic

Mountain Pose:      I Am Stable

Plank:                   I Am Strong

Cobra:                  I Am Healthy

Mountain Pose:      I Am Stable

Equestrian Pose:    I Am Energetic

Hands to Feet:      I Have Everything I Need

Hands to Sky:       I Am Healthy

Hands to Heart:    I Am Strong


Enjoy the practice!


Claire Diab is an internationally recognized Yoga therapist. She is the director of the Yoga Program for the Chopra Center founded by Dr. Deepak Chopra and Dr. David Simon. She is an adjunct professor of Asian Studies at Seton Hall University. She is the author of several books and DVDs on Yoga including “Yoga For Firefighters.”



Dennis Boyle is a retired fire director and acting chief with the West Orange (NJ) Fire Department. He was the recipient of the 1999 New Jersey Deputy Fire Chiefs “Fire Officer of the Year” award.

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