"Gain and victory to others. Loss and defeat to myself." - Buddhist proverb "I don't want this shirt to be too fitted. Nobody wants to see this." She pointed to her belly and laughed in a self-deprecating way. I looked at her body, and I was perplexed at what was so disgusting that she needed … Continue reading I’m working on it.
"Your body is not your masterpiece. It is the paintbrush used to create your masterpiece each day." -Glennon Doyle MeltonI love the beach. It's kind of the main thing I love about living in New Hampshire. I love the ocean because it makes me feel small in the best way possible. If the water isn't … Continue reading One Paintbrush. One Masterpiece.
It's summer, and the clothes are coming off. If you are feeling a little body acceptance challenged, a harmless pool party or trip to the beach can turn into a day (or more) of feeling anxious, inadequate, and isolated. I have spent a lifetime hating myself and how I looked, but when I reached the age of … Continue reading The Skin We Are In
I do not look like your typical power yoga teacher/fitness professional. There is no one that knows that more than me. I put off taking a teacher training for years because I was waiting for the day when my body looked acceptable enough. I waited for the day when I would feel comfortable wearing spandex … Continue reading …and I Became Fearless
Today, I had the opportunity to have my photo taken for the Seacoast Power Yoga website. I say it's an opportunity for a reason. Having my picture taken used to be a great source of anxiety for me. Over the years, I had learned all the hand and arm positions, body postures, clothing, and props … Continue reading There You Are
We are almost finished with our challenge, but we are definitely not finished being fearless. Tomorrow's pose is Supported Shoulderstand (Salamba Sarvangasana). It's a relaxing inversion that can be tough on your neck if you don't treat your body with care. If you feel neck pain during this pose, please stop. Only attempt this after … Continue reading Fearless 14: Supported Shoulderstand
It's Day 5, and I'm still getting comfortable with the uncomfortable. I openly admit that learning to accept my body has been a life long journey for me. Posting pictures of myself doing yoga in of itself is an uncomfortable exercise. I have come a long way in the past six months, but I sometimes … Continue reading Fearless 14: Sphinx and Seal
I got a little behind on my challenge so I'm playing catch up. Life has gotten a little crazy lately, but one thing that is keeping me grounded oddly enough is my daily practice and writing these little posts to you (even if it's just my mom and a few friends reading). Day 15: Lizard … Continue reading Day 15: Lizard
We are about to embark on an exciting journey in May. It's Momma's first Instagram challenge! I used to hate these. In the past, I felt like the people who participated were just very bendy people showing off. There aren't usually a lot of people posting in these challenges that looked like me. When I found the … Continue reading May I Begin?
I've recently cut ties with some Facebook groups that were at one point motivational. Anytime, I would feel down on myself or my weight loss I could look at pictures of fit women maintaining difficult postures, a picture of someone's fridge (to see how a healthy person eats), or an inspirational quote. For a time, … Continue reading So, What Did You Say?