Experience Your Y Moment
From the moment you wake in the morning, the first thing you might do is have a big stretch. Arms up and out in either direction, taking a deep yawning breath. This moment is the start of your day and the beginning to your daily transformation.
You might ask, what is the Y moment? And this is that very stretch, creating a Y shape with your body. Empowering, energizing, and it feels really good. And we’re here to tell you why.
At Yaasa the Y moment is one of the most important things to us. Our Y icon is our beacon, our reason for why we started this design company in the first place. We like to put our customers at the heart of what we do. You are our Y, the symbol of transformation, and we want to make your life just that little bit better.
This very interesting innate act of body language starts when you wake, but you also have the ability to continue it throughout the day. We not only innately stretch like this, but also when we win a race, or achieve a goal we naturally tend to throw our arms in the air in celebration of something positive and inspiring.
Body language can have a profound effect on how others perceive you. However, body language goes beyond how others view you, it unknowingly begins to affect how you perceive yourself, and even affects your physical and chemical make up.
According to Amy Cuddy in a very compelling TED Talk a few years ago, your body language is classified as nonverbal communication. These are wordless clues that you share with others and even yourself. Body language shows signs of respect for others and power for one self. We retract our body in situations of stress and fear, such as a job interview, and we take up more space when showing signs of dominance and success, such as leading a board meeting in front of your subordinates. In other words, we tend to compliment and judge others on their nonverbal expressions.
Did you know that changing your posture for just 2 minutes can have a sweeping effect on how you feel and how others perceive you? Check in with your posture now. How does it look? How does it make you feel?
We tend to forget that the most significant affect our body language has is to ourselves. There is now evidence that proves our nonverbal signs govern how we think and feel. This study was conducted by Amy Cuddy, where participants’ hormone levels were measured before and after taking a “retracted stance” and a “power stance” (your Y moment). Her findings explain that the power stance increased testosterone levels and decreased cortisol levels, compared to the initial stasis hormone levels of the participants. The study concluded that those who hold power poses have the ability to change their chemical makeup and trigger a dominant mental state.
Amazing! You can see the full video here to understand more.
Wake up refreshed and have your 'Y Moment'
Make sure you have your Y moment today. Remember, this doesn’t stop when you wake, it continues throughout your entire day, your week, and your life. You have the ability to transform your body and mind.
The power is in your hands, and in your bed.