Image Source: Maroon Weekly “Understanding that we create our compulsions to take care of ourselves is essential in transforming our relationship to them.” – Mary O’ Malley, The Gift of Our Compulsions I get it. Food takes over. You’ve told yourself you are not going to eat it, you told yourself not to eat so […]
Have you ever looked in the mirror and focused on the parts of your body you hate? Perhaps this is a daily ritual? Or do you compare yourself to women in magazines or on TV and then feel bad about your own body? It’s strange but true, but many women find it easier to speak negatively about their bodies than positively. In fact, statistics show that 97% of women dislike their bodies and approximately 70% of women diet in order to change their body in some way.
The term body love can often get confused. In our image-obsessed culture, some could say we love our bodies too much, but if we look a little deeper we could say the opposite is true – we don’t love them enough. We place demands on our bodies to look or be a certain way, often pushing […]
Trust me – i’ve been there. I know this story well. I’ve told myself time and time again, NO CHOCOLATE. It’s bad to have chocolate, right? I mean it tastes good of course, but just looking at it will make you gain weight, right? And you can’t have just one piece. If you start eating you won’t be […]
Do you know how much you weigh? Do you have an ideal number that you’d like to weigh? Or a number of pounds/kg you’d like to lose? Have you ever considered if that number is realistic or even where that number even came from?
So many women are ruled by numbers, either obsessed by the number on the scale or fearful of the number on the scale. Maybe this is familiar to you, I know it used to be for me.
There is so much conflicting nutritional information out there in the world, knowing what to eat can be very confusing! From paleo to raw, to vegetarian to macrobiotics, every diet has a nugget of wisdom to it. However, the best way to eat for one person may not be the best way to eat for you.
As the Zen master Cheri Huber once said, “How you do anything is how you do everything!” Yoga can teach us many, many things about our relationship to life, and in particular, our relationship to food. Our eating style is a reflection of our internal state, and when we are feeling stressed or chaotic, it’s likely our eating style will be that way too. When we are feeling balanced and relaxed, that’s how we show up with food. When we practice yoga, we become more mindful, which makes a big difference at the dinner table. After all, we don’t do yoga to be better at yoga – we do yoga to show up better in life.
Practicing yoga can have a strong impact on how you feel about your body – but whether that impact is positive or negative depends a great deal on you, and what you bring to the practice.
If you struggle with negative body image or food issues, ask yourself whether your primary goal for your yoga posture practice is to get a ‘“yoga body.” See if your dedication is masking compulsive exercise, or if you’re using hard, fast and intense asanas to distract yourself from deep or uncomfortable feelings. Check in with your inner dialogue, too. Often, even when we can contort ourselves into the most advanced postures, our thoughts are still repeating, “body not good enough.”
After all, how we show up on our mats is a reflection of how we show up in life.