Olivia F. Scott/Founder of Freedom At The Mat celebrating your body

Celebrating Your Body and Its Capabilities

Have you ever stopped to think about your body shape, size, or all of its imperfections? Society has us thinking that our bodies are only valuable if they fit a certain standard of beauty. Well – that’s just straight-up nonsense. Your body is amazing and unique, and that is something to celebrate, not hide. Why be ashamed of your body when you can celebrate its beauty and its many talents?

Celebrating your body is an incredibly empowering act of self-love. When you appreciate your body for all it can do, you can unlock a whole new level of confidence and self-acceptance. Fully embracing it can have a positive effect on your mental, emotional, and physical well-being.

In today’s blog post, we will explore different aspects of body celebration, including:

  • Embracing aging gracefully
  • Practicing self-care
  • Fostering body positivity
  • Promoting holistic wellness through yoga and mental wellness

“Self-care is how you take your power back.”

– Lalah Delia

Embracing Aging with Grace and Self-Care

Alright, so, here’s the deal – we’re all getting older, and there’s nothing we can do about it. But guess what? That’s totally okay! In fact, it’s important to embrace the natural process of aging if we want to maintain a positive body image and overall well-being.

So embrace your wrinkles, grey hair, and all the other signs of aging. After all, they’re proof that we’ve lived life, gaining wisdom and memories. And if you’re still not convinced, here’s a few reasons why it’s okay to celebrate it:

Why Embracing Aging Matters:

It’s a Natural Process: Aging is a natural and profound aspect of life that touches every soul. It reveals the depth of wisdom and insight we gain as we journey through life. Instead of dreading it, we can choose to embrace our wrinkles, laugh lines, and white hair as symbols of a life filled with meaning, purpose, and spiritual growth.

It’s an Act of Self Care: Taking the time to nurture our bodies with healthy food, care for our skin with a consistent skincare routine, and engage in physical activities, we can honor the divine spark within us and show gratitude for the gift of life.

It Empowers Us: In a world that often values youth above all else, it can be hard to see the beauty and worth of aging. But by embracing our own journey and recognizing the strength, and resilience that comes with it, we can challenge society’s narrow standards of beauty and inspire others to do the same.

Fostering Body Positivity

Let’s talk about something that’s close to our hearts – body positivity! We all know that society has set some unrealistic standards for how our bodies should look like, but it’s time to break free from that toxic mindset and embrace our unique, beautiful selves!

Every body is unique and beautiful in its own way and body positivity encourages individuals to celebrate their individuality and embrace their bodies just as they are. It also challenges the narrow beauty standards that society has imposed upon us and encourages us to question these standards and recognize that beauty comes in all shapes, sizes, colors, and abilities. And by rejecting these unrealistic ideals, we pave the way for a more inclusive and accepting society.

Here’s a list of ways to foster body positivity and love our bodies just the way they are:

  • Practice self-care: Take some time out for yourself, pamper yourself, and remind yourself that you are worthy and deserving of love – because you are! Start by loving yourself!
  • Dress for yourself, not for others: Wear what makes you feel comfortable and confident, regardless of what others might think. Your body, your rules!
  • Appreciate all that your body does for you: Our bodies are capable of so much – be grateful for all the things they allow you to do, whether it’s dancing, running, or simply breathing.
  • Surround yourself with positive influences: Whether it’s people, social media accounts, books, podcasts, or even a motivational playlist, make sure uplifting vibes surround you.
  • Challenge negative thoughts about your body: Switch the negative with some positive affirmations and/or mantras.

How Yoga Can Improve Body Image

So, you know we have to talk about yoga at Freedom At The Mat. Let’s talk about the magic of yoga! We all know how beneficial it is for our physical and mental well-being, but have you ever thought about how it can transform your relationship with your body?

As we scroll through our social media feeds, it’s easy to fall into the trap of comparing ourselves to others and feeling insecure about our own bodies. But yoga teaches us to focus on our own journey and embrace our unique strengths and limitations. Don’t compare what your body can do against what others bodies’ can do. If you look at social media, you will see people with expansive flexibility doing all types of pretzel-like poses. Disregard that. Just hit the mat, and do what feels good for your body.

It’s not about being perfect, it’s about being present.

We learn to be more mindful and in tune with our bodies through yoga. We become aware of our movements, our breath, and our thoughts. This mindfulness helps us appreciate and respect our bodies, no matter their shape or size.

And let’s not forget about the physical benefits! Yoga strengthens our muscles, improves flexibility, and can even help with weight management. But most importantly, it’s not about achieving a certain body type, it’s about feeling strong and confident in the body we already have.

Remember! Yoga is all about finding what works for you. Trust that your experience on and off the mat will differ from others. With regular practice, you have the privilege of tapping into the positive effects of yoga on your body image, leading you to a deeper connection with your body and mind.

Nurturing Mental Wellness for a Healthy Body

Our minds and bodies are like two peas in a pod. They work together to keep us feeling good! So, just as important as it is to hit the gym and eat our veggies, we also need to prioritize self-care that benefits both our mental and physical health. When we show ourselves some love, our minds and bodies appreciate it and we feel amazing!

We all know how our inner critic can sometimes be our worst enemy, constantly bringing us down and making us feel less than amazing. But fear not, we’ve got some mantras that will help boost your self-esteem and make you feel like the fierce and fabulous human being you truly are:

1) I am worthy and deserving of love and respect, no matter what my body looks like.

2) My worth is not defined by a number on a scale or the size of my clothes.

3) I am strong, capable, and beautiful just the way I am.

4) My body is unique and special, and I will celebrate and cherish it.

5) I choose to focus on my inner qualities and strengths rather than my external appearance.

6) I am more than enough, exactly as I am.

7) I am confident in my own skin and I embrace my imperfections.

8) I will not compare myself to others, for we are all on our own journeys.

9) My body is a temple and I will treat it with love and kindness.

10) I am worthy of happiness and self-love, always.

Body Positivity Challenges

We’ve put together a list of challenges that will not only help boost your self-confidence, but also inspire others to love their bodies just the way they are! Take up these challenges on your own or share them with your friends and family to spread some self-love! Let’s show the world that we are proud of our bodies and no one can bring us down:

Challenge #1: Strike a pose or a yoga pose! Take a picture showing off your body and share it with the hashtag #LoveMyBody (and feel free to tag us in there!)

Challenge #2: Mirror, mirror on the wall – write a positive affirmation on your mirror using lipstick or dry-erase markers. Every time you see it, say it out loud and embrace your beauty.

Challenge #3: Write a love letter to your body, thanking it for all the amazing things it does for you. Bonus points if you read it out loud in front of a mirror or share it on social media!

Challenge #4: Dance party for one! Put on your favorite songs and dance like no one’s watching.

Remember, body celebration is a personal and unique experience. Find what works best for you and embrace your own path towards self-love and acceptance. By incorporating these actionable steps into your life, you can create lasting change and celebrate your body unapologetically.

Namaste and Ashé