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On this day of Love, I would like to take a mini break from our current series of looking at how yoga helps detox and cleanse your body and share a little bit about my relationship with food and my body.
My Food Story
It freaks me out when people say “oh, its OK for you, you’re a yoga teacher, of course you are calm, eat well and exercise.”
No way. And as for being calm all the time…my daughters will gladly tell you otherwise:)
Like you, I have hang-ups about my body image and over the years have gone from near starvation diets to gorging and stuffing myself. These days I am glad to say I am reaching a happy medium where my relationship with food is one of love as I strive to nurture my core and look at ways how I can use foods to serve my desire for growth and fulfilment. I still have a long way to go, but am happy with the choices I make and even on days when I mindlessly snack or eat foods which I know don’t agree with me…its OK. I don’t fret. I just treat it as it and bless it anyway.
It’s All Yoga…
As for practising yoga, again, some people have this image that all I do is either teach yoga or sit on my mat and meditate all day. I would love to do that. Yet, the reality is I’ve gone for days, weeks even when I stare at my yoga mat yet lack energy, desire, motivation-call it what you like- lack of discipline, self-care, laziness- and can’t be bothered to practice.
Or, on other days, I’ll muster up the energy, sit and meditate, stretch a little and may even do a few rounds of yoga breathing exercises, yet all the while, I know I am just going through the motions, paying lip service to what is going on inside.
Sometimes the pain is too much…
Sometimes, I avoid practice because the pain inside feels too raw, too close to the surface to connect with. I am scared what I will find if “I go there”. Other times, this is because I am in superdoppa busy mode and so out of alignment, the mere thought of sitting or practicing yoga freaks me out and I say to myself, “I am too busy, tired, stressed-out” to sit and pray—so I don’t and rush out to my next assignment, only to be stuck in traffic for half an hour, or miss my train as I fumble to top-up my Oyster card and can’t find my purse or change in my maze of a handbag.
You Are Not Alone
If you can identify with the above, or feel you will never master the art of meditation and yoga seems totally alien to you, don’t worry. It’s OK. I have come to realise, appreciate and embrace these days as I now know when I get through, I shine and radiate and then, time spent in daily practice is soooo sweet and blissful. As my baddest yogi buddy Lo, say’s “its all yoga baby”.
Romance Your Soul
And on this Day of Love. Remember to take it easy, romance your soul don’t worry, be happy. Pause a while in between the busyness of your day to smile, look in the mirror and say to yourself “I Love You”.
Take care, breathe and have a Marvellous Life!
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Hugs and Blessings.
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