What Brings Comfort?

Guest contributor Bethany N shares how the discomfort she felt in her body during college led her on a journey to learn how to care for herself and form a kinder relationship with her body. Now as a yoga teacher, Bethany encourages others to embrace their bodies and create comforting spaces for her own continued growth. Read Bethany’s inspiring guest post.

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Less Combat, More Joy: Why Fitness Doesn’t Have to Be About Changing Your Body

Happy 2019! Without fail, the focus on working out and changing our bodies intensifies in the beginning months of the New Year, with marketers convincing us we need to lose weight, join a gym, and eat less. The repetition of these messages can cause us to question if we “fit” in and flare up body image concerns. Can you relate? If so, I promise you aren’t alone. In this blog post, I share an excerpt from my book, Body Mindful Yoga, on the combat language of fitness culture and offer new, more affirming language to embrace movement in your life.

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Breathe In, Begin. Breathe Out, Again.

“I continued to move my body in this new, strange way. I felt parts of me engage, physically and emotionally, that I had never engaged before. I started to breathe more in this new way; a way that seemed to soothe my heightened senses and provide moments of peace and silence in my over-stimulated mind.” Read guest contributor Allyson Pesta’s powerfully honest story of eating disorder recovery and how yoga, despite her initial reluctance, taught her she is enough.

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Breaking Free of "Good Food, Bad Food" Talk

Right and wrong, good and bad, and the many-layered meanings of these words have been applied to food, turning the act of nourishing our bodies into an issue of morality. Unraveling morality-based beliefs about food and our self-worth is essential to forging true healing in eating disorder recovery. I’m happy to share this excerpt from my new book, Body Mindful Yoga, on how to call on yoga to embrace your innate goodness and challenge morality language about food.

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My Journey Overcoming an Eating Disorder and Addiction

“I always felt that if I looked perfect on the outside, no one would know what a mess I was on the inside.” Guest contributor Crystal Hampton shares her story of overcoming an eating disorder and addiction and offers others hope to keep going on their personal journeys. Read more about Crystal’s story and what has helped her maintain recovery.

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