You look in the mirror and hate what you see? Do you feel painfully self-conscious about your body in front of others? Feel frustrated and ashamed of your own body? You are not alone! All of us have felt a sense of self-loathing when it comes to our bodies at some point in our lives or another. There's not a single person who can claim that they didn't wish their bodies were different! This practice of 'body-bashing' however, can have an adverse effect on your self-esteem and confidence and wreck havoc on your self-image and relationships. But the good news is that more and more people who practice yoga all over the world are transforming these negative feelings into positivity. If practiced with awareness, yoga can help you accept and embrace your body and leave you feeling a sense of gratitude for how awesome your body really is! Here are some of the top ways yoga helps you fall in love with your body.
Yoga helps you talk to your body:
To be in love with someone, you have to know them first. So, evidently, the first problem when it comes to our relationship with our bodies is that we don't communicate with our bodies enough. When you do yoga, you become distinctly aware of every part of your body and your thoughts about it. There are no distractions and you build a deep relationship with your own body as you practice each asana. Eventually, you will notice that you are more aware of your body and less conscious. You will realize that all those harsh criticisms you have about your own body are untrue and you will slowly embrace your body as your relationship with it deepens.
Yoga helps you appreciate what you body can do:
We abuse our bodies every day, both physically and mentally without fully realizing or acknowledging its potential. While you may be taking your body for granted, what you may be missing out on is discovering what amazing things you body can do. As you begin to practice yoga, you notice how flexible your body can be. How agile and energetic your body can be. You start noticing it and appreciating it. Slowly, you begin to celebrate your body for the beautiful instrument that it is, beyond all the extra inches and pounds. Yoga helps you discover the beauty of your body.
Yoga helps you stay positive:
Sometimes, that voice in your head just won't stop overthinking and filling your mind with negative thoughts that criticise your body and your own self. But when you do yoga, your mind has to be in total sync with your body and focussed. And when you are focussed, you automatically think about only what's important. All negative thoughts flutter away from your mind and in that moment where you achieve total balance, you will feel nothing but positivity. All your body-bashing thoughts will disappear and you will feel a sense of peace towards your body that helped you achieve this state of mind.
Yoga lets you look at your body differently:
As you continue to practice yoga regularly, you stop looking at your body superficially with all its flaws. You will start looking at a beautiful vehicle that lets you live your life to your full potential. You start noticing your body as a gorgeous instrument that lets you communicate with your inner self and allows you to live, laugh and love. After this, there's no going back, you will be totally and irrevocably in love with your body.
Your body is beautiful. Embrace this beauty with yoga. A good start is to pamper yourself with a yoga holiday.