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Body Image

How To Be Kinder To Your Body & Yourself: Part 2 With Anna Guest-Jelley

{Anna Guest-Jelley helping a student in class}

For many of us, self-kindness is hard to come by. Somehow it's so much easier to be nicer to everyone else and so much harder to be nicer to ourselves.
That's one of the reasons I love Anna Guest Jelley's work on Curvy Yoga and her new e-book Permission to Curve: Inspiring Poses for Curvy Yogis and Their Teachers: She helps us reconnect with our self-compassion. She empowers us to listen to our bodies and treat ourselves with respect and care.
Below, in part two of our interview, Anna explains what self-kindness means to her and how we can be more compassionate toward ourselves. She also shares why yoga is important along with her favorite yoga pose.
And don't forget that we're giving away TWO copies of Anna's book Permission to Curve. All you have to do is comment on part one of our interview. (The details are there, too.)

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Body Image

Yoga For All Shapes & Sizes: Q&A With Anna Guest-Jelley

{The gorgeous Anna Guest-Jelley teaching yoga}

I'm super excited to share my interview with Anna Guest-Jelley, founder of Curvy Yoga, where she inspires people of all sizes to practice yoga and love and care for their bodies. It's truly a beautiful, invigorating and positive space.
Recently she's released a stunning and comprehensive e-book called Permission to Curve: Inspiring Poses for Curvy Yogis and Their Teachers. In it, you'll find an empowering how-to on practicing yoga, including simple instructions and photos of the 60+ poses and sun salutations.
Permission to Curve is about using yoga as a vehicle for self-acceptance, body positivity and self-care. Anna focuses on honoring your body, being kind to yourself, finding the joy in movement and having fun.
Below, Anna shares what inspired her to write Permission to Curve, how yoga helped to heal her self-image issues and what Curvy Yoga means to her.
We're also giving away two copies of Permission to Curve, so be sure to read the details at the bottom! Stay tuned tomorrow for part two of our interview where Anna talks about listening to our bodies and practicing self-kindness.

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Body Image

Body Image Booster: Keep It Simple

Every Monday features a tip, activity, inspiring quote or some other tidbit that helps boost your body image, whether directly or indirectly — and hopefully kick-starts the week on a positive note!

Got a tip for improving body image? Email me at mtartakovsky at gmail dot com, and I’ll be happy to feature it. I’d love to hear from you!
In late June I went to the Creative Joy Retreat, which was led by Jennifer Louden, Marianne Elliott and Tracey Clark. There, I practiced yoga, danced, took pictures and wrote my heart out.

It was an eye-opening experience in many ways. If I had to sum it up, I'd say that I gained a greater appreciation for myself, and for my body.

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Eating & Dieting

5 Ways To Enjoy Eating & Savor Your Food

Many of us worry that enjoying food will somehow open Pandora's box, and lead to out-of-control eating. But it's OK -- and important -- to like eating.

Eating foods we don't like very much leaves us feeling unsatisfied and wanting more. In fact, for many people it leads to overeating and then guilt.

Not enjoying eating can also negatively affect your nutrition. As nutritionist Michelle Allison explained in our interview:
Ellyn Satter, the dietitian and therapist who developed the eating competence model, says “When the pleasure goes out of eating, nutrition suffers.”

It means that, when you’re not enjoying food and the process of eating it – and also if you don’t like your body enough to take care of yourself with food – your health and the nutritional quality of your diet, over the long run, will be poorer.
In their book Intuitive Eating, authors and registered dietitians Evelyn Tribole and Elyse Resch feature a valuable 5-step process to regain the enjoyment of eating.

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Body Image

50 More Things I’m Grateful For

{via etsy by Kimberly Chorney}
As I wrote last week, when we fixate on our physical appearance and certain "flaws," our lives can become very narrow and negative. Our vision gets blurry, and we can't see the wonder and beauty in our lives. So we assume there isn't much left of it.

But there is. Taking the time to name these things helps us realize that in a powerful way. That's why last week I shared 50 things that I'm grateful for. Today, I'm sharing 50 more.

I hope this inspires you to take a closer look at your life and maybe write a list of your own. Maybe it even inspires you to focus less on weight, size and shape and more on the shape of your life and all the great things in it.

So, without further ado, here's what I'm grateful for:

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Body Image

Declaring Independence From Body Image Saboteurs

Today we're celebrating our independence here in America.

But wherever you live, today might also be the day you celebrate your independence, too.

Today might be the day you liberate yourself from certain habits, objects or ways of thinking that sabotage your body image, the way you take care of yourself, your mood and your life.

For instance, maybe you declare your independence from dieting or the bathroom scale, which you toss in the trash.

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