One day during savasana (the relaxation pose at the end of a yoga class) I basically ‘woke’ up. In that moment, I felt completely content, possibly for the first time in my life. I began to clearly see the suffering I was putting myself through in relationship to my body and eating.

It set me on a track towards wholeness…towards getting back in touch with my true self – that part deep within you that is always content, peaceful, unchanging and unaffected by societal pressures.

Once I learned how to extend my awareness and acceptance of myself off the mat and into my life, yoga helped me both become more aware of and heal my disordered eating habits and negative body image.

It essentially rewired my thoughts and, in turn, my habits. I had no idea this was even possible! I truly thought I was doomed to live in a body I disliked and feel like a failure for not being able to change it.

Yoga and mindfulness give us so many brilliant tools for improving our relationship to our bodies and the food we offer them.

Here’s one you can try right now:

  • Lie down in a comfortable position.
  • Take 10 relaxing breaths focusing on releasing any tension in your body or mind.
  • Pick two areas of your body that you appreciate and clearly state to yourself why…and really mean it!
  • Stay with each thought and let it soak in for several moments.

For example:

    1. I appreciate my feet because they carry me around all day without complaint.
    2. I appreciate my arms because they allow me to embrace my loved ones.

The more often you do this practice the more quickly you will hardwire your brain to appreciate all of the amazing things your body can do!

“It is through your body that you realize you are a spark of divinity.”
— BKS Iyengar

  • Rebecca King Brown

    I’m going to try this!!! We are all our own worst critic. It is nice hearing other people have issues with this too. I love myself and I love so many things about my body but I do focus more on the things I don’t love. You are right time to focus on the beautiful strong things my body does regularly. Thanks for the excersize!

    • Jennifer Meek

      Hi Rebecca! I’m so glad this resonated with you. It’s pretty crazy that 91% of woman deal with negative body image. I hope this exercise is as helpful for you as it is for me! xo