Something to Say for the Skinny (Beautiful) People Out There

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“You’re so skinny”. A phrase I hear often…and honestly I’m not sure how to take it sometimes. Is that all you can say about a person when you greet them? Maybe I’m used to the phrase, the way it feels, that when I greet someone, I pick out a feature on them that is beautiful. Beautiful smile, clothes, hair, eyes…there is so much to choose from when meeting someone than “you need to eat a hamburger”.

I’m perfectly healthy by the way. I eat just the same as others, veggies, protein, meat, snacks, etc. I do try to eat healthy but that has no affect on my size…it makes me feel better. I practice yoga every day and meditate every morning because I feel better over all after my practice.

I’ve fluctuated between 100lbs to 116lbs my whole life. My ribs tend to show in a bathing suit and my legs are thin. I’ve tried crazy diets of protein shakes, stuffing my face until I couldn’t breathe, just to see the scale jump up for a day.

My “skinniness”, more appropriately my “beautifulness” is in my genes. My metabolism is crazy fast and that’s how I was created.

You can either hate your body or you can love it…it’s your choice.

You can be healthy, or you can eat poorly. I choose to love my body (on most days…hey…I’m not perfect either!) and I choose to eat healthy on most days as well.

For all my fellow skinny girls (and guys) who have tried endlessly to put on the weight society so badly thinks we need, these quotes are for you.

After reading an article on Elephant Journal (here’s the link to her article, awesome, amazing writing you must check out, This Ones For My Skinny Sisters, I was so inspired, I had to to share these with others…

“Authentic self love is crazy sexy, whatever your body looks like” – Bryan Reeves

“Nothing makes a woman more beautiful than the belief that she is beautiful” – Sophia Loren

“Size does not make a difference – we cannot take our bodies with us into eternity” – Thomas Voelker

“Though she be little, she is fierce” – William Shakespeare

I’ve already shared some of these quotes and they are in my journal for gentle reminders when I need them.

Kindness goes a long way…compliment others, practice less judgement. We are all struggling with the same insecurities, be it too little or too much. No struggle is harder than another when it comes to our self image.

#100 Days of Gratitude

I recently came across several Instagram posts tagging #100happydays. After checking it out, I almost jumped on the bandwagon as the idea is pretty neat. In it’s simplest form, it is encouraging people to see the happiness in their every day life, a concept that I love.

With that, my mind starting going (as it so often does!), and I thought I’d put a twist on the challenge. What about #100daysofgratitude? People could tag pictures of people, objects or anything that can be captured in a picture and use the tag, #100daysofgratitude. If you know me or follow my blog, you know how important my gratitude practice is everyday and how this simple practice has contributed to many positive changes in my life.

So, if your interested, join me in the challenge by posting a picture everyday of something/someone you are grateful for, tag it with #100daysofgratitude, and follow me on Instagram at Yoga.Healing.Life to check out my daily posts!

P.s. Keep a look out for a new article of mine being published on Tinybuddha.com

Namaste ❤

The Curves of Our Lifelines…

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The curves of our lifelines…
The highs…accomplishments, happiness, family, friends, our animal friends, nature…
The lows…sickness, sadness, death, grief…
Finding balance in the curves our life creates peace.
Change…fear…obstacles…
Why should we fear change? Why should we fear obstacles ahead?
Never fear change…
Challenge your obstacles….
The highs and lows…fear…embrace it.
Embrace change…
Create your own character through the curves of your lifeline.

Yoga/Journaling – …Rising Every Time We Fall

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Good morning!
Crow pose got me this morning!
I would get one leg up and then fall. By the end of my practice, I was able to get one leg up and hold it for a few seconds. I’m happy with that today! I’m ok with the fact that every time I fell, I got back up and tried again.

My yoga teacher once said these words that keep coming up every time I’m challenged on my mat…”usually the way we handle our challenges on the mat is the way we handle our challenges off the mat”. Those words kept repeating in my head as I pushed myself to hold crow with one leg for a few seconds. I did it. When we are challenged in life, often times we give up. It’s ok to fall, but getting back up and trying again is the part that matters the most.

I’ll leave you with a quote from Nelson Mandela for your journaling inspiration:

“The greatest glory in living
lies not in never falling,
but in rising every time we fall.” –
Nelson Mandela

Yoga/Journaling – Bridge of Love

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Good morning!
Today’s yoga practice was a treat for me! It was a relaxed practice focusing on twists and simple bridges to move the spine and open up the back. Being hunched over at a computer for most of the day, Monday through Friday, this felt great to gently move my spine in a different directions 🙂 On the emotional side, I felt a feeling of unraveling…twisting and releasing…the release from the twist was refreshing and calming for my mind and body.

Whatever your practice was today or will be, I hope your take some time after your practice to reflect on yourself, what came up, what didn’t come up, in your journal. Journaling is one of the best therapies, in my opinion 🙂

Today’s quote for inspiration comes from Martha Whitmore Hickman’s Healing After Loss, Daily Meditations for Working Through Grief. Great little pocket size book that I carry around in my purse.

“There is a land of the living and a land of the dead and the bridge is love…” – Thornton Wilder

Yoga/Journaling – Sphinx Pose

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Photo credits: Wikipedia

Good morning! Today was a continuation of yoga working on our core.

I truly resonated with the Sphinx Pose today during my practice. I always loved this pose and felt very safe here today.

Even more so, throughout my practice this morning, I realized that my breathe is more in place with the poses (my ultimate goal during my home yoga practice). And I’m clenching less down on my jaw, another habit that I have to consciously correct to avoid headaches after my practice. The teeth clenching I also relate heavily to stress/anxiety. Keeping this promise, sticking with the challenge, is proving to be an awesome benefit to my morning routine. My days are changing beginning early and it continues throughout my day. If you haven’t started the challenge yet, feel free to join me at anytime 🙂 My prior posts have the link for the challenge ❤

Today's quote for inspiration:

"Everything is possible to him who wills only what is true! Rest in Nature, study, know, then dare; dare to will, dare to act and be silent!"
Éliphas Lévi

Yoga/Journaling – Challenges

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Good morning! My yoga practice this morning focused on strengthening abs. Although that was challenging by itself, my real challenge came because of my physical practice space. No yoga mat, tiny (really tiny) space on hard floor. In these moments, I have found it very easy to push off my practice until the next day when the conditions are more convenient for me.

Today, because of the promise I made to myself, I pushed through the challenges, on the hard floor, bending my knees when I had to, and finished my practice feeling more grateful than usual. I kept the promise to myself.

Here’s today’s quote for your journal inspiration:

“When we least expect it, life sets us a challenge to test our courage and willingness to change; at such a moment, there is no point in pretending that nothing has happened or in saying that we are not yet ready. The challenge will not wait. Life does not look back.” -Paulo Coelho

Just as a reminder, I am following along with Erin Motz 30 day yoga challenge :).
http://www.doyouyoga.com/challenge/

Yoga/Journaling – Lotus

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Good morning! Today’s yoga challenge brought me to one of my all time favorite poses, salabhasana (lotus or grasshopper). Beautiful pose that works on strengthening your arms, legs and great for posture.

After somewhat of a late night, getting on mat this morning was a challenge in itself. Ending in the empowering lotus pose today made me realize how important my daily home practice is to me.

Today’s quote for inspiration:

“For everything there is a season…a time to break down and a time to build up…a time to weep and a time laugh…a time to mourn and a time to dance…” – Ecclesiastes 3:1-4