I am always taken by the amazing, beautiful people that partake in my classes, by those that are drawn to yoga in general. Each has their stories, their reason for showing up, and their own internal dialogue. Many come to yoga looking for fitness, for exercise they can safely/comfortably/enjoyably do. Yet along the way, most discover the deeper dimensions of yoga, that it surpasses the physical realm and takes you somewhere entirely unexpected. Yoga opens your mind to new possibilities, answers, and perspectives.
And yet, all too often we're confronted with images, stories, DVDs, even articles about yoga and the link with body image. Reinforcing popular ideas that yoga (and beauty, fitness, maybe spirituality?) is reserved for those in the glossy pages of magazines. Young, fit, trendy, female. Yet the power of the yoga practice is when you use the physical movement of the body and breath to go deep within, and discover that which is not on the exterior, but on the interior. That, my friends, is the true Self, your true beauty, which is less seen and more felt.
Acknowledge your true beauty.
True beauty has nothing to do with the number on the scale or your waist band or your years on this earth. Nothing to do with the makeup you did or did not apply this morning. The clothes you wear express your style, but do not make you beautiful. True beauty has nothing to do with the shape of your body, or the style of your hair.
Acknowledge the beauty that comes from your smile and laughter and tears. The way you move, the way you touch, the way you feel. Your passions, your callings, your dreams and desires are all part of your unique beauty. Your beauty is your way of being in this world, how you live your life and touch the lives of those around you.
Acknowledge the true beauty in you, in your body, right now as it moves and breathes and pulses with life.
Peace & Namaste,