Embrace and love your body. it's the most amazing thing you'll ever own. -Anonymous
It has been some time since I've taken the time to muse online. Even though things are expanding beautifully at the studio, and my 3 little angels are keeping my husband and I on our toes, I still find time to write in my journal each and every day. Inspiration to write hit during a quiet moment at the studio and I decided to take full advantage!
While sitting at the front desk I noticed that someone put a copy my book Yes! Yoga Has Curves to the side in order to purchase it after class. Immediately I was taken back to the great times I spent with all the beautiful women in both volumes. Even though many didn't know me they trusted me to share their story and beauty with the masses. The book not only serves as inspiration for yogis of ALL beautiful sizes to practice yoga but also as a personal reminder for me to stay the course.
Seeing the book was no coincidence. A few weeks ago I found myself feeling disconnected from my asana practice. As I tried to go deeper into some of my favorite asanas I was reminded quite a few times that I had a (BIG) baby via C-section 9 months ago and my body was still in recovery. I decided to take an asana break (well, more like a strike) and wondered if I would ever be able to enjoy some of the poses I once did.
My third trip into motherhood changed my body in many ways. Though I was proud of this life bearing vehicle I was worried if I would ever be able to practice without the self-critical dialogue. Yoga is all about uniting and my thoughts were creating a huge divide. I took it to my meditation cushion for answers. I closed my eyes and began to breathe deeply and said to myself over and over - "I am ready and open to my healing right now and in a way that supports me."
The answer came to me softly. I had to leam how to work with my body and I had to tune back into unconditional love. Soon atter I got back on my mat and instead of giving my body a list of demands I allowed my body to guide my practice.
I believe that all bodies are beautiful and that health and wholeness comes in all shapes and sizes.
The most important relationship we have is with our body. Instead of comparing ourselves to others, or even our previous selves, we should set the intention to honor and take care of our bodies from the inside out
And just in case you haven't heard it today or you need a reminder - you are beautiful!
By Dana Smith
Dana is a certified yoga teacher and trainer, Master Life Coach and Holistic Health Practitioner. Considered a “Jane of all Holistic Trades” she specializes in Thai Yoga Massage, Reiki and is a gifted Intuitive Counselor. She has practiced yoga for several years and is registered with the National Yoga Alliance.
To keep classes creative and fun, she continues to seek inspiration through workshops and advanced studies. Dana believes that yoga is a powerful tool on the path of total wellness. Her style of teaching draws from Ashtanga, Iyengar and Vinyasa roots.
Practice loving your body through yoga, with Dana right now!
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