I believe in Body Positivity and I want to share with you the things I read, watch or listen to, that inspire me in sharing this message.
I want to start with 3 books that I think are a great read, to understand why our bodies are subjected to such harsh restrictions in the way they are perceived in society and in our own society-influenced consciousness, and to learn how to leave these mental boundaries behind.
Yoga And Body Image
Let’s start with Yoga and Body Image: 25 Personal Stories About Beauty, Bravery & Loving Your Body. Really up my alley!
It’s a collection of interviews to 25 people – such as musician Alanis Morissette and celebrity yoga instructor Seane Corn – offering unique perspectives on yoga and how it has shaped their lives. An interesting anthology, which addresses diverse topics, from culture and media to gender and sexuality. Through inspiring personal stories, the writers provide tips for using yoga to find self-empowerment and improved body image.
Yes Yoga Has Curves
Dana Smith (aka “The Yoga Diva”) began practicing in her final trimester of pregnancy, and used yoga to adjust to new motherhood and everyday stresses of life. She learned how to work with her curves and has been teaching to yogis of all body types for over 10 years. In popular media, only one type of yoga body is highlighted and there is little representation for fuller bodied women. Because of this, many women don’t think they have the “yoga body” and hesitate to explore yoga, even though it has countless benefits.
Yoga is a transformational art designed to bring our mind, body and spirit back into balance. It helps us to appreciate who we are and love the skin that we are in. Yes! Yoga Has Curves serves as a testament that yoga is for everybody and every body, and that no single physical size is better suited for practice.
Letters To My Fanny
As seen in her last documentary, Cherry Healey has a genuine interest in body image issues, and is no stranger to putting herself on the line to investigate and highlight them. Letters To My Fanny is “a love letter, to my body. In fact it’s several letters – to every part from my brain to my belly. I spent most of my life hating my body – but now I’ve realised that it deserves some well overdue TLC”. Cherry asks herself: “how much more fun in life could I have had if I’d just stopped worrying so much and stopped beating myself up?” – and shouldn’t we all ask the same question?