What up, yogis. Tomorrow, for the first time in a looooong time, I’m heading to a yoga class in an actual studio. To save some cash, I’ve been relying on the genius of Tara Stiles and Kathryn Budig. These ladies rock. I love having them as my private yoga instructors, but I’m very excited to get out of my house tomorrow and roll out my mat on somebody else’s floor. Yes.
On another note, I have become acutely aware of the exact things that pull me out of moments of body scrutiny, future-tripping, and self-doubt. One of them is Iggy Azalea. I have formed an intense, all-consuming love for her. Talk about a woman who loves her body. This chick is hot. And she kicks ass. Listen to her music. Watch her videos. She feels so at home in her body. She is unafraid to get loud and provocative. She is unafraid to love her curves. Do what the cool people do and dance in your room to the following:
You will sweat. You will feel better. You will feel sexy.
Something else that helps me shift gears from body drama to body peace, or from future-tripping to living in the present, is forcing peaceful, loving thoughts into my brain. That sounds kind of violent, but sometimes, you just gotta make yourself do stuff in order to feel better. The lovely Jen Saunders of Wild Sister wrote an article called Stop Being So Damn Hard on Yourself. Read this. It will comfort you so much. Here are a few comforting snippets:
You’re doing awesomely.
Everything you’re doing is getting you closer to where you want to be.
Congrats, you’ve got this.
Just remember to take some time to appreciate where you are, too.
Count your blessings.
You have tons, and they’re all waiting for you to notice them.
If you’re wondering if you have what it takes.
Yes, you do.
If you’re wondering if you can do it.
Yes, you can.
Beautiful, right? Read this every morning. It will bring you peace, if even for a moment. And when you do stuff to give yourself those peaceful moments on a regular basis, things really do get better.