Are misconceptions holding you back? I know they have held me back in the past, but not anymore. Let me share some thoughts with you this morning on not holding yourself back because you think you don’t meet “the requirements”.
Yoga. This was a big one for me. Especially as my body matured and I wasn’t the waif I once was. I was embarrassed and would wear a giant shirt that I was always tugging on because it was up to high or smothering me in down dog. I went to a studio for a long time where most everyone was the picture perfect yogi, with high end gear, and makeup. If I didn’t adore my teacher so much I probably wouldn’t have gone as long as I did. I like going to the YMCA because it is a diverse class and I really don’t think anyone would feel self conscious in there because we are all different sizes, shapes, color, ages, sexes, and skill levels. I don’t wear the giant shirt anymore. I dress to be comfortable and secure, belly and all.
My friend Amber is an empowering young woman who can help you make the modifications you need to make sure you are getting the most out of your practice.
At Body Positive Yoga, students of all shapes and sizes will find tips, tricks, and modifications to make yoga asana work for their unique body, instead of being squished into poses for the sake of form over function. I emphasize safe alignment and mindful transitions in my classes, and give each student permission to honor the body they bring to the mat today, while being empowered to learn about the body’s intelligence and power. At the blog we discuss yoga asana, mindfulness, body image, and radical self acceptance. Join us!
Zumba. If I hear ooonnneeee more person say they can’t do Zumba because they can’t dance or aren’t coordinated I am going to scream. Do you think I am? I have very little rhythm, have never danced, I am uncoordinated and clumsy. Ok, I get it if it is frustrating and it makes you angry, weight lifting does that to me, I hate it. But if you are just afraid you are going to look like a fool, get over yourself. I find it liberating to get in there and dance. I laugh, I spin, sometimes I have to stop to what the heck is going on. Here is a snapshot of some of my Zumba friends, Phyllis and her new pacemaker declined to be in it but we often have folks from the ages of 18-80 in our class. There again, I am really comfortable at the YMCA because of the diversity we have cancer survivors, heart patients, grandmothers, new moms, big, small, coordinated and not. We are welcoming and supportive so don’t be scared!
Essential Oil Users. Nope, you don’t have to be a hippie to embrace the oily life. This is the newest thing I am in to, ok totally freakin’ obsessed with is essential oils. In getting to know the oily community I initially kind of felt like they are those high end yogis on steroids. Super healthy, fit and seemingly having their life on point. To share their enthusiasm they are touting a life of healthy, toxin free living. I admit to having reservations about joining in on the fun for fear that I wasn’t going to meet their standards. But as I usually do in life, I said F it and jumped on in. Am I going to stop bleaching my hair and having beers on the porch. Nope. I eat meat and conventional produce. Honestly I cannot afford to eat free range and all organic. I can barely afford the oils. One step at a time. I make my living selling cheese so being vegan is out of the question. I exercise but more for the mental aspect of it than losing weight. I just like to move, keep my lymph system moving, sweat a little and get my heart rate up. My point is, you don’t have to be a certain kind of person to jump on the oil train. Be you and incorporate what you can into your life as you can.
Ok, I am done with my preachin’ today! Peace out y’all.