The Power of a Yogasmile
Practicing yoga regularly leads to a unique state I call a yogasmile, an internal feel-good party or an elevated mood. It is a sense of feeling more blissful, happier and more serene. It is beautifully simple yet powerfully life changing. For some, it may even mean mean flashing their pearly whites after practice.
It happens during yoga practice as the body not only reduces the heart rate, blood pressure, and the stress hormone, cortisol, but it also increases the happy hormones, oxytocin and endorphins. This results in a yogasmile. Anyone who practices yoga knows what I am talking about.
If you want the same internal feel-good party but don't have time to practice yoga on a certain day, tap into the superpower of smiling. It’s a superpower because the actual act of smiling itself makes us feel better. Charles Darwin wrote about it in the Origins of Species saying “even the simulation of an emotion tends to arouse it in our minds.” So making yourself smile (even if you don't feel like it) immediately makes your happy hormones (dopamine, endorphines and serotonine) come out to play and your unhappy hormones (cortisol, dopamine and adrenaline) are sent for a nap. Let’s be clear. Smiling doesn’t have exactly the same impact on the body as yoga, but the brain does have an amazing feel-good party.
So if you’re a yogi, embrace your yogasmile, let it radiate and spread to others.
If you’re not a yogi, smile and you’ll receive some of the feel good benefits of yoga. But start practicing yoga to experience the unique sensation of a yogasmile.