Accepting Yourself with Yoga

by on April 13th, 2010 at 7:00 am

Magazines throughout the world promote models with small waists and then manipulate the images to show an even smaller figure. Even the covers of various yoga magazines are promoting slender women with huge smiles. Yoga has been sought after by gyms, personal trainers and health practitioners to promote a healthy body. But what we are missing is the connection between the body and the mind. Yoga offers a meditative opportunity to recognize the limitations of your body and rejoice in its power and uniqueness.

It isn’t healthy to be overweight, and women today worry more then ever about their bulging bellies and thighs.  But what if you don’t look like the cover of a yoga magazine? Is it ok to go to a yoga class? The answer is, of course! Yoga is more than a body image; it’s a complete lifestyle change. That doesn’t mean that we all have to go vegan or give up our cars, but it does mean we have to start accepting our bodies. Yoga strengthens not only our bodies but our minds as well.

  • Look for yoga classes that focus on building your mental strength as well as physical strength.
  • Try an instructor that focuses on the psychological benefits of a posture such as clarity and relaxation, not just the physical ones.
  • Approach yoga with an open mind and don’t judge yourself, or your practice.
  • Focus on the clarity gained and not so much on the calories you’re loosing.
  • Choose a yoga class where there is no competition among students.
  • Try a yoga class that focuses less on using mirrors; some instructors face their students away from the mirrors so there isn’t constant critiquing while practicing yoga.

No matter what size you are, yoga is a perfect way to connect to yourself. Always wrap up your yoga session with meditation and relax; knowing that you are uncovering an amazing yogi.

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