A friend just shared this video with me.
You can click here to see it.
Great timing for me – I’ve just started blogging a different yoga pose / tool each week and felt exceedingly self-conscious asking a friend to take the pics and putting them out there.
I will continue to feel that way, in all likelihood, but had decided that I wanted to embody the ‘Yoga is a way of becoming friendlier with your own body and mind’ definition of Trauma Sensitive Yoga creator, Dave Emerson as much as possible.
While totally believing the words when I say them to students and clients, I was shocked at some of my own self-talk, triggered by these pictures. I love Instagram and all the contortionist yoga pics but, to often, it’s like looking at a picture of a seal or monkey** and recognising that my body just doesn’t work that way – we might as well be different species.
And yet, however deeply we move into any pose, we’re getting benefits. And, of course, my focus is on the mental and emotional health benefits.
So I got over myself (I’m strong, fit and healthy – incredibly lucky. I’m also lucky to enjoy donuts and yum yums. And Wotsits and…) and decided to go ahead with my plan to share as many benefits of the tools as possible. You can see some here.
But in a world where ‘plus size’ means models of size 12 and over (US size 8, that’s just one size bigger than the Wakefield twins’ ‘perfect size 6’ in Sweet Valley High), it’s natural to sometimes fall into old traps of self-loathing. Thanks to tools including yoga, I am glad that these are just occasional blips rather than the default setting of my childhood, teens and early 20s.
*If you’re not into yoga (I often find swimming more yogic than yoga, personally), dance, run, walk, find other ways that you enjoy moving in and enjoy being in your own skin. Just because every body IS a beach body or yoga body or whatever body doesn’t mean you have to go to the beach or do yoga or whatever if you don’t WANT to – YOU know yourself best. Do what feels best for YOUR body.
What kind of movement / exercise do you enjoy the most?
What would you like to experiment with but have been delaying because of self-consciousness?
What might you do to challenge yourself to take a step in that direction today?
Feel free to comment below.
** I temporarily forgot I wasn’t a monkey when high hopes took me to an ariel hoop class last year – could barely lift a toothbrush for days but did get to hang upside down briefly