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How Yoga Can Help You Love Your Body

How Yoga Can Help You Love Your Body

by Jen Keehn on

It can be really easy to compare ourselves to others. In a social media driven world we’re constantly looking into the lives of others…and what we see often tends to make us feel anything but confident and self-assured.

Even if you’re not a social-media-connected kind of gal, looking at images of tall, thin, perfectly beautiful “yoga bodies” on Instagram all day, body issues are totally real. Most all of us have them or have already had them at some point in our lives. How could we not? We live in a culture that is obsessed with physical appearance. If we look a certain way than we’ll magically have that perfect life we’re all inherently seeking, right? Wrong.

This is just what the media has led us to believe. Unfortunately, it is not something that easy to shake. Can you imagine how amazing it would be if you loved the way you looked…beautiful imperfections and all? What if you told yourself how good you looked every day rather than how much you hated your appearance? How about instead of wanting to change that certain something you don’t like about your body, you came to completely accept it?

It’s totally possible. Believe it or not, there are women out there that love their bodies. They are not all tall and thin doing backbends on the beach. They are real women with real bodies. Loving your body comes down to a healthy respect for who you are and acceptance of your appearance. Getting to this place isn’t always easy, but I can assure you it’s totally worth the journey it takes to get there.

Yoga Can Help You Love Your Body…Here’s How

You might be wondering how exactly you get to this place of self-acceptance and absolute adoration for the skin you are in. The answer is that you practice yoga, of course. The key however is that you practice in a way that resonates deeply with what yoga really is - not just the asanas or the yoga “lifestyle.” You must embrace the whole of the practice and in doing so embrace what yoga is really here to teach us.

And what exactly is yoga here to teach us? To transform. And it is not just to transform our outward appearance - although it does help. It is about transforming the relationship we have with ourselves and the world around us. When we begin to transform ourselves to resonate more closely with who we really are through yoga, we begin to transform the relationship we have with our bodies.

Embrace What Yoga is Here to Teach You About

When we embrace yoga for all it truly has to offer and learn to step outside our egos when we step onto our mats, there is a beautiful exchange of energy that takes place within. We begin to let go of what doesn’t serve us (negative self-talk included) and instead allow room for what truly makes us feel good. And if you haven’t experienced it lately, loving your body feels really, really amazing.

The word yoga literally means “to unite” or “to be made whole”, and if you practice it long enough, this is exactly what it does. Yoga has a way of helping bridge the gap of separateness we often feel between body and mind. We learn that body and mind are intricately connected, and in doing so begin to learn to look at ourselves a little bit differently.

Have you ever heard the saying “when you change the way you look at things, the things you look at change”? Think about it. It is absolutely true, and yoga is definitely something that helps us shift the way we see the world. When we commit to a regular yoga practice (and remember what it is really here to teach us), it does wonders in helping to change the way we see ourselves.

Be Open to the Transformation Yoga Offers

Why else do you think everyone and their mother is doing it? It helps us heal those parts of ourselves that are holding us back from living our best lives! It transforms us from the girl who hides in the corner to the one who embraces life, no matter what her size, shape, color or style.

There’s no reason not to love exactly who you are and the body you are in. It is the only one you have and making peace with it can be life changing. You deserve to feel beautiful and to love, love, love your body. And while it might not happen overnight, yoga can help transform the place you’re in now and how you feel about the way you look.

Whatever struggles you have with your body or negative self-image issues you might have, yoga can help you change. You can love your body and be crazy confident…it’s all about acceptance, which just so happens to be something that yoga decidedly is fabulous at bringing to light. May you learn accept yourself and love who you are. Namaste.

 


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