Quick side note/favor: A few people have asked me for blogs and other online resources that explain and provide recipes for special dietary needs like gluten-free, dairy-free, vegan, etc. I’m going to put together a post, but I’d LOVE your help! Even if you don’t have allergies or special needs, what are your favorite places to go to learn about healthy eating? Thanks in advance!
When I was putting together my application to be a Fitfluential Ambassador (thanks to all the kind words and tweets!), I hesitated before putting down yoga. Because yoga and I have a complicated relationship.
Sure, I love the way my body feels during and after practice, and sure it’s cool to be able to bust out poses everywhere I go.
But it doesn’t come naturally to me — I have to work really, really hard, and I never look very graceful.
So why do I do it? Well, as I held a shoulder stand during an AMAZING free public yoga class this weekend, I realized…
It’s me being in contact and in charge of my body — slowly nudging and guiding my muscles and limbs into position. It’s the instructors gently holding up my legs or supporting me in crow or headstand. It’s linking arms with fellow yogis in tree pose so we can go into a deep standing backbend.
In these poses, it honestly doesn’t matter if I’m sweaty or broken out. It doesn’t matter if I have lovehandles and lovemuffins and all the kind words we have for those “special” areas of our bodies. When I touch myself and allow others to touch me, it’s an indication that I am enough. Just as I am. And that it’s all about attitude. (Sound familiar?)
I had such an epiphany during that shoulder stand, as the instructor beamed down at me, even as sweat dripped off my strong, stubbly legs that are covered with red ant bites. She didn’t have a moment’s hesitation to grab me and use the power of her touch to help me be better at my practice.
So why can’t we give ourselves the same acceptance and love?
Happy Memorial Day and thanks to all who serve.