Quick: describe your body in one word!
Don’t think too hard, just spit it out.
Now that it’s out in the open, how do you feel about how you described your body? Does it feel like a celebration of what it can do? A criticism of how it looks? Neutral?
I’ve asked this question on Facebook more than once, and the public comments are mostly positive words. But later, in private, I hear words of struggle and resignation.
If that’s the case for you, know that you aren’t
Every day, the news is full of yet another layer of heartbreak. So many kind, loving hearts are grieving around the world.
Because of this, I’ve been second-guessing whether to write what I’d planned. I worried it might be petty to talk about making peace with our bodies at a time when violence seems to be everywhere we turn, and our action feels urgent.
Then I attended a webinar led by the powerful Sonya Renee Taylor, the founder of The Body Is Not An Apology, and I was
Over the next few weeks I’ll be sharing with you a few of my favorite body image action steps! They’re a taste of what we’ll work on in the Body Peace series at Carrboro Yoga in August, and the tip of the iceberg of what my body image journeying clients celebrate in coaching. There’s so much body judgment we consume every day, that we’d probably need to hole up in an power-free cabin in the woods to escape all of it! Since that’s not realistic, and you’d never finish Orange I
Pssst: If you're signed up for my newsletter, please note that I have a new email address! Please add email@example.com to your contacts. We miss out a lot when we're preoccupied with hating our bodies. I'm not only talking about the pictures we duck out of, the pools we don't swim, and the adventures we don't take. I also mean the day-to-day energy drain of tearing down our bodies, our physical homes, that makes it really hard to care for ourselves (and others).
The first time I watched a video of myself teaching yoga, I had to take a time out. Even though I knew the lighting wasn’t quite right and I was wearing a boxy shirt that didn’t move properly and had sweat marks from the humidity and sunshine, the way I saw my body shook me. I’d taught yoga hundreds of times in this body, but I hardly recognized it on screen.
After uttering a loong “oooooooof,” I excused myself from the video my friend and I were reviewing together, and sa
I want to share a loving reminder with you that's been on my mind: You haven’t failed at self care, body positivity, or anything else, if your relationship with your body is on the rocks at the moment.
There are just some days when loving your body is too tall an order. Sometimes you’re in deep physical pain or you’re thoroughly exhausted. Or your inner critic may be on a bender, shaking her fists and shouting judgments that are so high-pitched you can’t hear over them. Or
The holidays can be a particularly tricky time to navigate eating and body image. The ramped up break room conversations about the treachery of cookies and looming New Year’s diets* can be enough to make even the loudest body positive voices feel a little anxious.
Today I want to share with you my personal holiday eating “rule,” in case it’s helpful for your self care, too. Although it isn’t always easy, the rule is simple.
Don’t take on other people’s food shame.
During every yoga class I leave space for students to guide themselves through any movement their body is requesting, even if it doesn't resemble a familiar yoga pose. We come back to this intuitive movement several times in class, and it's the last thing we do before relaxing in savasana, corpse pose. Every once in a while, an interesting thing happens when a new student comes to my class. When offered the opportunity to explore their body's needs with total freedom, they se
When you’re sick, overwhelmed, sleep deprived, or depressed, self care can feel really hard. When I’m feeling low, the draw to hole up in my house and watch a marathon of Parks and Recreation in the fetal position can feel all consuming. That can be helpful for a short-term escape from reality, but I know well that long stretches of TV and solitude aren’t restorative for me. In low energy times, activities that normally feel nourishing, like going for a long walk or getting t
Last month I shared with MindBodyGreen the story of how practicing hatha yoga in the comfort of my own home helped me learn to treat my body with kindness. But it didn't happen over night, not by a long shot. My first group yoga class as a student was a bit of a disfunctional mess and it took quite some time to undo that first impression! To be clear, the purpose of Yoga is not to heal our bodies or even our relationships with our bodies. But they sure are powerful side effec