Yoga For Body Image



Yoga For Body Image @ YogaHome

Literal definition of “Image”

-      a reproduction or imitation of the form of a person or thing

-      the optical counterpart of an object produced by an optical device

In an ancient and wisdom filled scripture, titled MA SRI BHAGAVAD GITA the highest aspect of the sacred self describes to the lower ego driven part of the self, that one is not the body. WE ARE NOT OUR BODIES??? The wise all-knowing one explains that it is classic misidentification of all humanity, to identify with the gross aspects of our realm, matter and therefore mistaking our divine identity as the body itself.

Alright, now go ahead and tell this to a body conscious female in 2013, living in North America, a culture of consumption, materialism and gender construction. Where everyday if we realize it or not we are bombarded with “rights”, “wrongs”, “imagery”, “language” and “classifications” that define the road of what it means to be a successful and attractive female in 2013. We are shoved into all sorts of uncomfortable boxes, subjected to judgments of our own culture. Most importantly conditioned behavior that we then turn inward and judge ourselves. Denying oneself, and distaste towards the self is a thought pattern that will rote us as a culture from the inside out.

See the definition of “Image” above. Suffering, self-loathing and aversion takes place right in this gap of image construction. We can never be, and will never be the reproduced image of mind and culture. Deep down inherently we are trying to be something that is not the totality of who we are. By only identifying and thinking we are our bodies we are afflicting self-harm and denying freedom and love to others in our lives.

Physical, mental, emotional and spiritual health is not a linear process. The mind will attempt to trick us and tell us otherwise. Thriving and well-being is an integrated process that moves our psyches and spirits towards realizing WHAT IS TRUE in the PRESENT MOMENT. Every millisecond the psyche and body are pulled in a thousand directions, constantly moving our attention out of the present moment. It is on these side roads of thought that we create a body-image or even a self-image that becomes a stumbling block on the road to acceptance and happiness.

What if we had a set of radical practices and tools to crack the mind wide open and connect to what is, and the totality of who we are, not what we “think” we “should” be… is it possible to embrace this physical form with out limiting it? Can I love and honor myself through the practice of attention and honesty?

So what are these practices?

Traditional yoga is a technology that shines the light of awareness onto the multifaceted human being. When done with mindfulness it illuminates all of our joy and all of our suffering. When we explore both ends of the spectrum we begin to navigate our own bodies and minds with honesty and truth.

This 2-hour class at YogaHome is structured to address the many aspects of our psyches and the needs of our physical form from a holistic approach. Through energetic structures, asanas and subtle exploration of the bodies energy we will open the window into ourselves. Expect to move as well as be rejuvenated with restorative postures that will close an energetically sound standing practice. We will also make time for community discussions, and sharing. Connecting to and hearing from each other is a large part of health, embracing ourselves and happiness.

 

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