A Beginner Yoga Level Asana
Cultural Conditioning are the social processes by which authority figures such as parents, professors, politicians, religious leaders, peers, and the media define our cultural values, beliefs, ethical systems, and ultimately the way we perceive ourselves in the world. There are a number of social processes working against you to make you hate your body and your weight and they are designed to keep you buying diet and diet related products.
Today’s class is about accepting your body and your weight. Acceptance is not about resignation or I give up. It’s about acknowledging the reality of your body and weight as it is right now in this moment. Your weight may not always be this way, but this is how your body is right now. What feels imperfect right now might just be perfect in the big picture. Can you experience and accept your body for what it is? Can you accept what you become aware of and also notice your non-accepting, validating both as parts of your unique reality?
Dr. Russ Harris, author of The Happiness Trap says, “Acceptance literally means ‘taking what is offered’. It doesn’t mean giving up or admitting defeat; it doesn’t mean gritting your teeth and bearing it. It means fully opening yourself to your present reality – acknowledging how it is, right here and now, and letting go of the struggle with life as it is in this moment.” What would it be like to let go of the struggle with your weight? What would it be like to fully open yourself to the present reality of your body and take what is offered, your whole, beautiful self?
Brene Brown describes “Acceptance as letting go of who you are supposed to be and embracing who you are.” What would it be like to let go of all the pressures you have put on yourself about your weight and body and embrace who you are in this moment? When we try to move away from the discomfort and pain we feel because of our weight and body image to reach some kind of body/weight perfection in the future, we miss the present moment completeness and wholeness that already exists in our bodies. Jeff Foster author of The Deepest Acceptance says,“We must move away from denial, wishful thinking, and hope, and tell the truth about life as it is. Great freedom lies in admitting the truth of this moment, however much it clashes with our hopes, dreams and plans.”
We don’t need to exhaust ourselves by mentally beating ourselves up playing the negative soundtrack over and over again in our heads fueling the pain and frustration with our bodies. We don’t need to postpone our lives, hold back from life, wait for some perfect moment, and terrify ourselves with fear. We can stop the war with ourselves, we can stop rejecting ourselves and our bodies. Yoga promises us that that who you really are is already open and free and loving and deeply accepting, it is simply a matter of relaxing into and opening to that part of yourself.
Yoga with Melissa 180 Cultural Conditioning Series Yoga for Weight Acceptance Beginner Level Asana
Props Needed – Yoga Block
Yoga Asanas/Postures: Knees to Chest Pose/Apanasana, Reclined Twist Pose/Jathara Parivartanasana, Setu Bandha Sarvangasana/bridge pose, cat pose/Marjaryasana, downward facing dog/adho mukha svanasana, mountain pose/tadasana, tree pose/vrkasana, standing side bend/ardha chandrasana, standing backbend/anuvittasana, standing forward fold/uttanasana, chair pose/utkatasana, ardha matsyendrasana/half king of the fishes pose, upavista konasana/wide legged seated forward fold