Being comfortable in your body
We believe it’s time to change the conversation from weight loss and appearance to health and wellbeing
When you look in the mirror, how do you feel? Can you gaze at your re ection without looking away? If we're totally honest, many of us are not happy with what we see. There’s an unrealistic standard of beauty out there that we compare ourselves to; a pressure for perfection created by advertising and our 24/7 social media culture. We’re bombarded with messages that tell us that we’re not OK as we are.
The real pressures women face today lead to appearance anxiety and low body con dence. However hard we try, we can never measure up to that perfect woman on our screens with the perfect body, skin, hair, teeth.
She’s perfect; we are not. But even if we were, we still wouldn't have total body con dence. That’s the truth of it – body con dence has to come from within. And yoga can help.
YOGA ACCEPTS YOU AS YOU ARE
Yoga is for every body. Anyone can practise yoga, regardless of age, size, gender, ability. Yoga is a journey that starts exactly where you are right here, right now. Every time you step onto the yoga mat, you will nd that place of quiet acceptance. You have shown up to honour this body which you inhabit. You can be no-one other than yourself. There is no need to look around, no need for comparison or competition. You are here for you. You and you alone. Simply be. Be perfectly imperfect. That is enough.
GET TO KNOW YOUR BODY
It is in bringing your attention to your body, just as it is, that you will begin to discover how amazing it is. Focus on all the incredible things that your body can do; that your body does all the time without you even realising. Be grateful for that life-giving breath that ows in and out of your body.
On the yoga mat, you learn to work with the body you have. It takes courage to drop the pretence and ditch the comparisons. It takes courage to stop trying to be someone else or to impress. But there’s a joyful liberation that comes with being able to say: “This is me!”
Yoga honours the differences in our bodies. People are inherently designed to be thinner, heavier, shorter or taller than others. All are accepted on the path of yoga. All good yoga teachers can offer the right modi cations and props to make yoga poses accessible to everyone. Taking the time to really care for the body you have can be key in breaking the cycle of pressures around beauty and appearance anxiety.
Looking good matters, but feeling good is far more important. Caring for body, mind and spirit through yoga, meditation, mindful living and healthy eating matters and www.yogamatters. com has many great books, gifts and essentials to support you on this journey towards health and wellbeing.
GROW TO LOVE YOUR BODY
Loving yourself is not egotism. Self-love grows out of an honest respect for yourself, regardless of any aws you may think you have. Body con dence is not built on perfection – it comes from learning to love yourself as you already are.
It is as you travel on this journey of yoga and meditation that you will fully understand and accept the essence of your unique space in the world. You will come to celebrate that who you are is who you’re meant to be.
Yogamatters can support you in this adventure towards body con dence. Visit www.yogamatters.com today.