Category Archives: Body image

Choose the #MeaningOfEvents, Even Traumatic Ones #EatingDisorders


Published June 5, 2015 by Karen Koenig

We’ve all had “bad” things happen to us and some of you have had “terrible” things or many “terrible” things befall you—neglect, rape, bullying, sexual/verbal/physical abuse, poverty, accidents, and other events which were out of your control. Does that mean you must experience pain and suffering due to these events? You likely believe that pain and suffering are inevitable by-products of such happenings and cannot be separated from the distress you (or anyone) will experience in their aftermath.

If so, you’re wrong. Fact is, the meaning we make of trauma and “bad” things happening to us is the sole determinant of how much, if any, pain and suffering we experience.

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Eating Disorders – still a silent killer

Via @WalesOnline on Twitter

The prevalence of eating disorders is disturbing and the obsession with being ultra-slim, look-like-a-model ideas the young people (male and female) have is really a problem. Being a South African citizen and Anorexia survivor, I’ve thought that it is slowly, but surely becoming something of the past. For instance: France recently banned the appearance of super-thin models, but still, body-morphic disorder seems to increase.

These days the focus is on self-acceptance, self-appreciation, but still people (even those who claim they’ve accepted their appearance) keep on wishing and hoping that they could be as thin/muscular/well-built, whatever than their icons. I’ve been hoping that, as we all are becoming more health conscious, that we will understand that a healthy body is NOT super thin (or super obese) for that matter.

In my practice I am, at present, devising a program that will hopefully change the minds of those obsessive people who claim that perfection in appearance will secure social acceptance.

The answer lies NOT without, but WITHIN… have to be happy in mind and soul, to finally accept the body that God has given you. Therefore I applaud those in the world who has already managed to master a holistic approach to bringing and end to this obsession with appearance and beauty. You see, the root of the problem lies not with appearance per se, it lies with deep, emotional issues and in gaining/losing weight, one is only treating the symptom and, as we all have learned, treating the symptom never gets rid of the disease itself.

5 Excerpts on Yoga and Body Image

#Yoga #BodyImage #Fitness #Exercise #Health

Via @Yoga_Journal 5 Excerpts on Yoga and Body Image.

In these selections from the new book Yoga and Body Image: 25 Personal Stories About Beauty, Bravery & Loving Your Body, yoga teachers, activists, and writers reflect on the ways yoga has helped them appreciate their diverse—and beautiful—bodies.

Excerpts on Yoga and Body Image

“I am a fat, black yoga teacher. Yeah, I said it! Being called fat can be worse than a racial slur. I’ve had to endure both, and what saved me was yoga … That week [of intensive yoga study] taught me that doing advanced arm balances didn’t have to be my thing. It also taught me that I needed to create a diverse yoga space, help grow diverse teachers, and do my part in making yoga more accessible.”
Dianne Bondy
Founder of, a website devoted to “yoga for all shapes, sizes, and abilities”

“When yoga teachers are ashamed of their aging bodies, they send a pretty powerful message to their students that says being young, thin, and hip are all that matters. Instead, [teachers] need to present themselves fully—wrinkles, gray hair, laugh lines, and all—and step into exactly who they are: wise and beautiful. I do see how difficult that is in a world where youthful beauty trumps all; to do that, we all need courage, strength, and good role models.”
Linda Sparrowe
Former Yoga Journal editor and co-author of The Woman’s Book of Yoga & Health

“I found yoga five years after I had started gender transition, and a few years after I’d had chest-reconstruction surgery. It took the threat of dying young from AIDS for me to find the courage to transition from female to male; because now nothing was more frightening than dying, I could risk everything to live in authenticity … The gift that gender transition offered me was the possibility that it could be safe to be physically present in my own body. What yoga offered me was an actual pathway to get there.”
Teo Drake
Spiritual activist and artist who teaches woodworking in Boston

“It would be a lovely Utopian fantasy to imagine that pregnancy would be a blissful respite from all the body pressures, a time to bask in some goddess-like glow … And you know what? For some women, pregnancy really is effortlessly like that. I swear. I have met these women … I am not one of them … It was my prenatal yoga practice that brought me to a place where my physical movement intertwined the threads of who I was with the person I was and am becoming. It’s still, and always will be, a work in progress. Yoga was decidedly and
definitely not about the weight I was gaining or when I would lose it.”
Claire Mysko
Co-author of Does This Pregnancy Make Me Look Fat? The Essential Guide to Loving Your Body Before and After Baby

“… By respecting the needs of my body instead of struggling in poses [as someone with cerebral palsy], I was able to focus on other things within the pose. I could focus and become aware of my breath, which in my mind is the foundation of yoga …”
Ryan McGraw
Yoga teacher and advocate for disabled people

“My plan is to raise my daughter so she is strong, vulnerable, valued, free, and secure, and does not have to spend serious amounts of her conscious and unconscious life hankering over her own body image and self-worth. How to do this? I think you start by changing the language, bringing a conscious and critical eye to the media, challenging the capitalist business model …, and, most importantly, finding times and rituals to value the inner world.”
Kate McIntyre Clere
Wrote, directed, and co-produced the award-winning film Yogawoman (

*Excerpts from Yoga and Body Image: 25 Personal Stories About Beauty, Bravery & Loving Your Body, (Llewellyn Publications), edited by Melanie Klein and Anna Guest-Jelley, on shelves this month.

5 Weight Loss Tips That Don’t Cost A Dime

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Via 5 Weight Loss Tips That Don’t Cost A Dime.


5 Weight Loss Tips That Don't Cost A Dime

“Between those appetite-curbing supplements and healthy foods, I feel like I’m spending half my paycheck to lose weight,” my friend said, showing me a recent grocery receipt.

As a single mom raising two teenage boys and running two businesses, I can relate to tough financial decisions. At the same time, I don’t think becoming lean and healthy should cost a fortune, and designing a healthy, nutrient-dense, delicious diet can work within any budget.

Yet I must confess one big secret among nutrition and fitness experts: some of the most effective ways to become healthier and maintain fast, lasting weight loss are free.

Sure, they require effort and time, but with these five strategies you can become lean and healthy without paying a dime.

1. Do burst training.

Designer gyms and one-on-one trainers can add up quickly, but burst training, also called high-intensity interval training (HIIT), provides a fast, convenient way to get incredible exercise without equipment and without draining your savings account. HIIT consists of repeated exercise at a high intensity for 30 seconds to several minutes, separated by 1-5 minutes of recovery.

A hotel stairwell or park hill both make perfect free places to burst train.

2. Sleep.

Even one night of poor sleep can knock numerous fat-regulating hormones out of whack. You also become a cranky caffeinated mess more vulnerable to overpriced sugary pastries at your favorite coffee place. Aim for 7–9 hours of high quality, uninterrupted sleep every night to feel refreshed, focused, and optimally burning fat. To prepare for sleep, turn off electronics about an hour before bed, practice deep breathing or meditation, and allow your mind and body to unwind.

3. De-stress.

Unwinding needn’t cost a penny. Deep breathing or meditation can help you de-stress, and some community centers provide free yoga classes. Go for a long walk in nice weather, take a shower or listen to your favorite relaxing music.

4. Drink a lot of water.

Who needs expensive appetite suppressants when studies show water can help curb your appetite? Drinking tons of water while help keep you feeling sated throughout the day, leading to less snacking and smaller meals.

5. Practice mindfulness.

Many less-than-ideal eating decisions occur when we’re stressed, tired, semi-inebriated, or otherwise not completely in the moment. One study concluded mindfulness-based practices contribute to significantly greater reductions in BMI.Challenging though it may be to in our check-your-iPhone-every-two-minutes society, slowing down could be the key to fast, permanent fat loss, and it doesn’t cost a penny.

So there you go! These are my five tips to cost-free weight loss! I wish you luck on your journey!


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3 Poses to Help You Love Your Body

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Via Yoga Journal – 3 Poses to Help You Love Your Body.

By Jennifer D’Angelo Friedman