5 Ways Yoga Can Help You Fall in Love with Your Body

child bodyWhen I first started doing yoga, I really didn’t like my body very much. I rarely had any positive thoughts about it. Mostly when I thought about my body I felt frustrated, or ashamed. These sound like big things to feel but in my experience talking and working with women these are some of the most common ways us women feel about our body. When we give ourselves the time and space to really listen to what we tell ourselves about our body, it’s surprising what we hear. It’s unusual for us to have thoughts like “I love my body,” “My body is amazing,” “I appreciate everything my body does for me.” Mostly we think things along the lines of “I wish my body were different,” “I don’t like this part or that part,” and “I’m too big.” What if there were a way to go from body-bashing to body-loving? What if you could go from wishing your body was different to seeing how amazing it is? It’s all in the approach. I’m not going to say that yoga is the be-all solution. But practiced with an awareness of how it can help you love your body, yoga can be a powerful force of positive transformation. 5 Ways Yoga Can Help You Fall in Love With Your Body

  1. We realize how we talk to ourselves about ourselves. When we do yoga, we have to be with our body and our thoughts about our body. There’s no distraction from the thoughts of self-judgement or rejection. We become keenly aware of what we say about our body. And that’s the first step to moving from believing those things to realizing they’re untrue. Takeaway:Start to notice what you tell yourself about your body.
  1. We must choose to stop feeding those thoughts. Body-bashing thoughts, like most thoughts that pull us down, can feel really attractive. There’s a part of us that leans into them, relishing the way we feel. To continue growing and learning in our yoga practice, we need to shift our focus to what how we’re growing and what we’re learning. And we learn how to be in a very body-focused environment without feeding those body-bashing thoughts. Takeaway: Focus on what you’re working on in your yoga practice, not the thoughts about your body.
  1. We learn to use our body in a different way. During our yoga practice, our body becomes a tool for physical strength and flexibility. It becomes a part of us that enables us to do a handstand, rise into tree pose, or arc into a backbend. It becomes a part of us that supports us as we learn something new, and then master it. Takeaway: Notice what you’re doing now, that you weren’t doing before.
  1. We start to appreciate what our body can do. Seeing our body in a whole new way helps us to appreciate what it can do. We’re less likely to take it for granted, especially since we can experience such a dramatic change in how we feel after practicing yoga. We start to appreciate what our body can do for us. Takeaway: Make a list of reasons why you appreciate your body.
  1. We learn to see our body in a different way. Rather than looking at our body only as something to be assessed, measured and compared to others’, we start to see it as a part of us that helps us gain inner and outer strength, access deep peace and contentment, and even begin to live from a place of love. Takeaway: See your body as a way to access an inner state that begins to impact your world and how you experience it.

Yoga is one of the things that helped me powerfully transform the way I feel about my body. It’s not often that I think negative thoughts about this incredible vessel I’m honoured to live in. From this place of gratitude, it’s rare for me to see my body as something to be assessed and compared to others’. I just look at it and think “Thank you.” And for that, I am eternally grateful. I hope these tips help you, too, xL

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Editor’s note: This was a guest post from the amazing Lindsey Lewis–life coach and yoga teacher. Stay up to date with her latest at www.libreliving.comFacebook, and Twitter.   Photo credit: TeenyTinyOm

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Comments

  1. Health is wealth and we know that better. without a good heath we can’t live a comfortable life.

  2. Rebeka you are right. We gotta be in good health and happy with out bodies.

  3. I love yoga, it is so good for you! I currently suffer form ME/CFS and can only manage some yoga poses at the moment. It does help me though, I hope to be able to practice more of it soon.

    Lennae xxx
    http://www.lennae87.wordpress.com

  4. These are some of the exact reasons I love yoga! It is so uplifting to be able to push through negative thoughts of “I can’t hold this pose any longer” and just DOING it!! Yoga is great!

  5. We hold surf camps for girls and this year we started our surf mornings with YOGA, it was amazing!

  6. Yoga contains lot of health benefits..

  7. Great post, all of this is absolutely true. Before I started I didn’t think yoga could do much for me, physically or mentally, but turns out I was very wrong. Yoga is possibly the best thing that I’ve ever done for my well being.

  8. I love yoga and now cannot imagine my life without it. Why? Because it helped me love my body, talk with it, listen to it.

    Like Osho says, when our mind, body and soul function together, we’re meditating. So I experience that feeling when I’m doing yoga everh day.

    Thank you for the post!

  9. I just started with yoga and I have had some of these realizations … thanks for helping me solidify this positive decision!

  10. I am always fascinated when I see yoga poses. I have had a lot of car accident injuries…and also have a knee that was wrecked by surgeons when I was 16. How can a person who would like to try yoga avoid injuries. My knee cannot bend enough to ride a bicycle…and it is not just a matter of tight muscles. It is mechanically damaged.

  11. Yoga is a beautiful way to fall in love with your body, and this has definitely been my experience as my practice has deepened over the years. I still struggle sometimes with self-confidence and self-hatred, but yoga really helps me remind myself that I am in fact worth something. Thanks for sharing and be sure to check out my blog and deepen your yoga practice with my youtube playlist:

  12. Yoga is a great way to stay fit. I was amazed with Gisele Bündchen’s and Hilaria Baldwin’s Serious Flexibility By the Beach lately.

  13. Yoga is not just about being fit or flexible (not denying that these are not the benefits provided by Yoga) but much more than that. Yoga awakens our spiritual life. When we come closer to our spiritual self we form a thanking nature towards everything we have. So, we feel satisfied with what we have including our body. It is the beauty of Yoga. Thanks Daily Cup of Yoga for sharing these thoughts with everyone.

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  15. Yoga is great for getting you in touch with your mind body connection. It is also great for eliminating stress.

  16. I have had a pretty consistent yoga practice for several years. I always leave class feeling grateful that I received “just what I needed”.

    Since experiencing a miscarriage in the spring, I have been dealing with negative thoughts about my body. Although my doctor and loved ones try to assure me that this loss was not my “fault”, I can’t help feeling that my body failed and betrayed me. Practicing more frequently this summer has helped me appreciate what my body CAN do in its present state. I’m enjoying those deep twists while I still can… ;-)

  17. Being an internet yogipreneur myself, I have a great belief that Yoga indeed have a great impact on our personal and professional life. And I really like the way all the benefits put together. It will definitely motivate people to involve in Yoga.

  18. Hi! I’m still considering to try out yoga as my friends are talking me into it. I’m was hesitant before reading this post, however, this seems like a nice read. Right now I’m really thinking it through to go start attending yoga classes. Thanks for sharing this.
    ;)

  19. After 8 years of practice and 2 years of teaching, I have learned to treat and love my body in a gentle way, it is a great transformation that was never discovered previously.

  20. Yoga helped me love not just my body but my whole self. I learned to be more careful of what I eat and I became a more positive person. It’s relaxing in a way that makes me feel light all the time.

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  22. I have found that when I am really gentle with my body I feel amazing. For me it is not about achieving postures or attaining anything at all, but simply allowing the stillness and being present with what I am doing. This has definitely helped me to fall in love with my body and because I love it I want to treat it in a loving way.

  23. Yoga helps you with concentration and focus, to get into yourself deeply. This would be a best way to communicate with your inner self because when you accept and fall in love with your body, the better you are to create harmony with it.

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  25. Yoga is really a bridge for your body meet your soul

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  27. I’m a newbie to yoga, but in the past months have found it to be the most balancing of any exercise I have ever known. It hasn’t only transformed my body, but most importantly, it has transformed my mind. Changing my mind to a loving and accepting being makes a happy place for my body to live.

  28. Michelle Haver says:

    I’m planning on beginning a yoga routine and while I plan on using that to get myself into better shape and improve flexibility, I love that you outline how it helps your self-esteem. I can’t wait to begin yoga and hope that it will help me relax and begin to see myself in a different light. I hope the changes encourage body love and I can do things I never imagined I would be able to do!
    Thank you for sharing :)

  29. Brilliant…”See your body as a way to access an inner state that begins to impact your world and how you experience it.” Thank you!

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