Yoga and Body Image

Many people come to yoga for the physical benefits of the practice; stress reduction, weight loss, flexibility, balance and strength yet what they get is more than they could have ever imagined.  They receive an experience that changes their life.  Yoga is a tool for so many women to heal and see the way out of self-defeating patterns and behaviors.

Many women feel like they are not good enough and are extremely self-conscious.  Some seek external vises to fill voids in their life such as an obsession with achieving a certain body image or weight.  When the diets fail and the self-help books fall short of true transformation many fall into extreme measures that can turn into addictive behaviors.  This spiral leaves them stuck in self-limiting thoughts and patterns that only serve to feed into addictions and doubts of how they are not good enough, unless they can fit into a size smaller than the one already are in.

When we get out of our own way and see that we are not the melodramas we create in own mind and awaken to the fact that what we look like isn’t as important to the world as how we are being in our life, what impact we have and the impressions we leave on our families, friends and community, true growth and transformation begins.  The practice of yoga is about cultivating consciousness and through this awakening we transform our old ways of doing things into supportive and new healthier ways.  We then have the capacity to change ourselves, therefore our world.  “Never doubt that a small group of thoughtful, committed citizens can change the world. Indeed, it is the only thing that ever has.”  ~Margaret Mead.

Yoga empowers women to live a life that is so much greater than the self-absorbed obsession of body image and food.  What we once could not see we will.  Often it is a life full of love and vitality waiting for us to live it.  We walk away from our mat day after day a little freer and lighter.

I can tell you form personal experience that yoga has the power to transform the way you feel from the inside out.  Self-sabotaging patterns slowly melt away.  What I once believed served me I have realized was just a band-aid over deeper wounds that not only needed time to heal but a safe platform to be exposed so that they could heal.   When you turn to yoga you will discover the true depths of your being and a power that is greater than you alone.

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Comments

  1. Dirk Katis says:

    Interesting post, I’ve just started yoga myself and am wondering whats the difference betwwen yoga & pillates, just asking?

  2. One of your post posts till now, read every word of it and just loved it! Thank you very much.

  3. Pretty good post. I just stumbled upon your blog and wanted to say that I have really enjoyed reading your blog posts. Any way I’ll be subscribing to your feed and I hope you post again soon.

  4. Belkis Mundziak says:

    Wow, really enjoying this blog at the moment, I did a search and found it, so glad! I have just started with Yoga, and I love what I’m reading here! How similar is pilates to yoga though, just wondering?

  5. I agree; this is a wonderful web site, and the articles on yoga are very illuminating. Belkis, pilates are great, but a different form of physical activity. Yoga is a way of life, if one truly embraces its grace and benefits as an alternative focus. I also make up my own pilates; fast walk, and do some cardio, but my yoga practice is sacrosanct and encompasses my entire being.

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