Yoga for Empowerment
In the April 2014 interview with Glamour magazine, Lena Dunham--of Girls fame-- said some great stuff. When editor Sheila Heti mentions that Lena has become " a sort of icon for body acceptance", Lena responds "My body is just a big neon sign broadcasting to the world that I have no willpower and I have no elegance." And here's the part I love "I think I radicalized my relationship to my own body in order to accept it. To make my body a prop in my work gave it a value".
This resonates with me so profoundly. When I first started taking pictures of my plump, menopausal body for the first Big Yoga DVD, I was taking a similar stance. Yes, I got fat. Did that prevent me from doing yoga? NO! Did it prevent me from having a healthy relationship to my body? NO WAY! Because I just felt so damn good.
Managing Stress With Yoga Buddies—Sangha
Isolation is a tragedy of modern life. We’re so often on our computers, the only people we connect wiare our barista, the check-out guy, and our car mechanic. This social isolation impairs immune function and causes inflammation in the body—think arthritis, heart disease, and type 2 diabetes.
Yoga and Body Image
Yoga and Body Image is a collection of essays written by yoga teachers and practicioners, compiled by Yoga teacher, Anna Guest-Jelley, creator of Curvy Yoga, and her pal, Melanie Klein, a professor of Sociology and Women's Studies. The stories they have collected are personal. They are honest and brave. They are about loving your body, even when your body doesn't look like the teacher's body, or a model's body, or some ideal of a woman's body that doesn't have curves, or lumps, or bosoms. I am loving this book and feel tremendous respect for the sometimes heartbreaking, often revealing, and always insightful stories.
How Yoga Transforms Your Body
The mind-body practice is frequently touted for its ability to reduce stress and boost well-being, but it also offers wide-ranging physical health benefits that rival other forms of exercise. While the scientific research on yoga's health benefits is still young, here's what we know so far about its potential effects on the body. (Click on the image for an enlarged version).
Here is a link to the content from the Huffington Post article.