How I Remember What’s True

“How do you learn to love your body?” she asked. “Well,” I answered, “I think it’s best to take love off the table at first. If it feels like too far of a leap, it’s easy to feel like a failure and give up.” “So what do you do instead?” she followed up. “Start where you are,” I responded. “Wouldn’t you say that’s true about life, too?” she asked A laugh emerged from somewhere deep inside. “Yes, I’d say so,” I admitted. “You can say that about so many things.” — When I was a child, I felt most seen by the girl heroes of my favorite novels: Harriet of Harriet the Spy, Mary of The Secret Garden, Anne of
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How you’ll find your way through. Because you will.

Place one block at the top of your mat on the medium or high height. Place another in front of it on the low height, making a T.   I only saw my first therapist once, because my nutritionist thought I should. I’d do anything she said, no matter how inane, because I was really hoping she held the key to why I could never get my shit together and lose weight. When I went into the therapist’s office, she sat 3 inches away from me, and I couldn’t take it. She was a graduate student, so maybe it was an experiment. If so, it didn’t work. Or maybe it did, I don’t know. Years later when I returned to
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I Eat in the Light Now

I used to hide food in the dark: backs of drawers, under the bed, corners of the closet and in zipped pockets of purses. Now all my food is in kitchen cabinets, where the light can find it. When I think of all the food I used to hide, for some reason the first, and sometimes only, thing that comes to mind is Ritz crackers. I can still taste the first bite — crisp then crumbly, salty then buttery. Sometimes I would eat them so quickly that they would get stuck in my throat. I’d have to then take a minute, maybe two, to generate some extra saliva so I could mash it all up, and then I’d have a
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The Curvy Seven with Valerie of Big Gal Yoga

Happy to introduce this month’s yogi in our Curvy Seven feature! To see everyone who has been interviewed, please click here. 1. What’s your yoga origin story? I started my yoga journey when I took a semester yoga class at my university. It was years earlier that I had wanted to try out yoga, but things always came up. My best friend had taken yoga a semester before me, and it had reminded me that I wanted to do it too. I remember the first class being surprised that doing simple poses was so difficult, but being excited to keep it up and get better at it. My yoga instructor was an older man named Lawrence Caughlin and he was very
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Spread the Curvy Valentine Love!

How are you during this week of love? I hope you’re finding some time to share it with yourself! Goodness knows we can all use it, can’t we? A couple months ago I was thinking ahead to this very week, and I thought it would be SO fun to create some body affirming Valentines for you to share with friends. It’s like the old-school Care Bears paper valentines, now made digital and body positive. So cute, right?! Six CurvyGrams are waiting for you to share! Click here to do just that (it’s free!): http://www.curvyyoga.com/curvygrams/. Hope you have a blast with them! As you check them out and share, do know that each one is also a message from me to you: I
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Love, Curvy Yoga – Episode Twenty Two: An Interview with Hilary Kinavey

In today’s episode of Love, Curvy Yoga, we interview a professional counselor and the co-founder of Be Nourished, Hilary Kinavey! Inside this episode, you’ll hear us talk more about: What systematic issues does Hilary see affecting our ability to cultivate Body Trust? How has Hilary’s personal relationship to Body Trust shifted and changed in her own life? All about Be Nourished and what led her to this current incarnation of her work. And, so much more! Meet Our Guest, Hilary Kinavey Hilary Kinavey is a licensed professional counselor and the co-founder of Be Nourished, a revolutionary business that helps people heal body shame and move towards compassionate, wholehearted living in the bodies they are in today. Hilary has spent 1000’s of hours working with people individually
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Curvy Yoga Studio Diaries: How to Stay With Yourself During Challenging Practices

Hey everyone! Here’s the February Curvy Yoga Studio Diaries. In this video I am talking about ways that we can stay with ourselves in our yoga practice….especially when things are challenging. After watching the video, let us know what do you do when you feel challenged in your yoga practice? What do you find helps you through? Prefer to read the transcript? You can do so here! Share the blog! Tweet: Curvy Yoga Studio Diaries: How to Stay With Yourself Self During Challenging Practices by @CurvyYoga — http://bit.ly/1theYDp Tweet: How do we stay with ourselves during our yoga practice? @CurvyYoga lends some tips in this video: http://bit.ly/1theYDp

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Is My Body Right For Yoga?

Share the blog! Tweet: Is My Body Right For Yoga? A @CurvyYoga #infographic — http://bit.ly/1yrNMCu Tweet: Love the @CurvyYoga Illustrated #infographics! Check this one out to see if your body is right for yoga — http://bit.ly/1yrNMCu

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Love, Curvy Yoga – Episode Twenty One: An Interview with Vivienne McMaster

In today’s episode of Love, Curvy Yoga, we interview one of my fave ladies, Vivienne McMaster! Inside this episode, you’ll hear us talk more about: When did Vivienne find photography, and how was it first a tool for self-connection in her life What are photo walks and how does it create a connection with your body The evolution of self- and body-acceptance And, so much more! Meet Our Guest, Vivienne McMaster  Vivienne McMaster is a Vancouver photographer and workshop leader who helps folks around the world see themselves with compassion through their own camera lens. Her photographs have been seen in such places as Oprah.com and the The Huffington Post. She discovered her love of photography in her late 20’s while in a rough
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The Curvy Seven with Davina Davidson

Happy to introduce this month’s yogi in our Curvy Seven feature! To see everyone who has been interviewed, please click here. 1. What’s your yoga origin story? I took my first yoga class six years ago with my sister on Thanksgiving Day! It was a hot yoga class and I’m pretty sure I almost passed out!! LOL No seriously it was challenging and it made me really want to come back day after day! 2. What pose do you love? Loathe? My absolute favorite pose is Natarajasana aka Dancers pose! I am not a dancer but I love to dance and this pose requires a great deal of focus and simultaneously allows you to express yourself freely. On the flip side
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