Dare to be Seen
What was your body-love “ah-ha” moment?
When I turned 30, a lot of things started to change. I finished a degree. I ended a bad relationship. I really looked at my body and saw it for the first time. And somehow, I have no idea where the courage for this radical idea came from, I chose to love and care for it. Ten years later, it’s a different world. Body-acceptance is nearly mainstream. People of all shapes are allowed to love their bodies.
What makes More to Love special for you?
I’m happy to be part of a community of people on the same journey as I am. Some are just beginning, some are miles past me, but we walk the same path. More to Love Yoga has given me the simplest, most basic thing you would expect from a yoga class: guided practice with a skilled teacher who provides both encouragement and corrections.
In my very first class, Rachel gave a modification to a movement that suddenly made one of my favorite stretches not just doable, but sustainable. With just a few words that came from her own experience, she changed everything for me.
Advice for someone new to body acceptance?
This is the body you have now. You need to dress it, feed it, and move it to the best of your ability. If you can, make friends with it. Maybe even dare to love it. Take pictures of yourself with friends, family, and on your own. Selfies aren’t vanity. Document your existence. Get prints made.”
This is the body you have now. You need to dress it, feed it, and move it to the best of your ability.