How much love do you ever offer your own body? I am all too familiar with the cycle of feeling frustrated and bummed and downright angry when it feels like your body is rebelling against you, not functioning as it should and, well, letting you down.
With only a few days left in 2016 it is inevitable to watch thoughts turns to resolutions that focus on changes can we make in 2017 to better our body. So often those changes are focused on ways our body seems currently deficient and hearkening back to the bod of yester-year when we were 20 and had no kids, and even if we didn’t eat well it didn’t show up around our mid-section.
What if we begin the year by honoring our body, rather than hating it for the small ways it isn’t perfect?
What if we focus on the things our bodies have done and all the ways it supports us every day and the things we can do to support it back?
This is what I love about the yoga I practice and teach. It is about coming to the mat and meeting your body where she is right now. Greeting her, celebrating her and working with, rather than fighting against, her.
Yes, the changes will happen when you show up on the mat, but to get there on a path of love is so much more powerful and effective than fighting down a path of deprecation.
Sounds way better than resolving to lose 30 pounds to fit into the bikini you bought 10 years and 2 kids ago, right?
I hope you will join me on your mat in 2017 and walk a path toward loving your body by waking up and embracing the parts that have been dormant for however many years, defining a new relationship, building strength, stability and mobility.