It has been a few weeks since I have posted here. Not so with being on the mat ( thank goodness!), I have been staying on my mat to move through the changes that have occurred in my life.
This week we will be focusing on the core. Core is more than a six pack of abs. It is the very center of ourselves, where the spine supports the inner organs that are protected by the abdominals. This beautiful support allows us to stand stronger, breathe deeper and move with the changes in our lives.
Please know that if this is your first time in my class, or your hundredth, it isn't what your abs look like that I care about. ( And I don't want you to care either!) It is that I want you to feel strong, to stand against and yet gentle with the winds of life and change.
Yoga is not about taking a perfect selfie, or being perfect in the session. It is about beginning to access the core beliefs that we have that may limit us. It is about accessing deeply hidden fear, guilt, pain, shame that may limit us from living a fully expressed life.
While I do carry weight around my mid section, I have also learned how to gain a sense of strength in my belief in myself. Sometimes I have people question how good of a yogi I am because I am curvy ( or my favorite -sarcasm ) or how good of a teacher that I could be because of my weight. Yet it is due to working on my core that the doubts of others don't impact me as it has in the past. I remember times when a " fit" person clearly was uncomfortable in my class, letting me know that they didn't like my teaching style. I wanted to disappear, to become invisible and run from the mat.
Today, I have learned to stand. I am beautiful as I am. This curvy body with a strengthening core has given birth to six children, has loved people deeply and learned to listen to the pain of others as well as share with the joy. For 16 years, this body has changed , grown older, rounder, softer. Yet it has also increased in strength and determination to continue to be a role model for other curvy yogis, to continue to lead the body positive charge and knock down the barriers to yoga.
It begins in the core.
Sandra Kozlowski, CDP, CAAR, AAS, RHY 200
Curvy Yoga Certified, Y12SR Certified, Yoga for All Certified
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