Sometimes, when I’m not great at giving myself permission, I ask for a permission slip from the universe — just a reminder that everything is okay. That I am fundamentally okay.
If you’re in need of one of those, too, this one’s for you:
You have curvy permission to:
Move your body just because it feels so dang good.
Reject the uninformed, albeit well-meaning, advice of friends, family, mentors and professionals if it doesn’t work for you.
Ask a friend for an ear, laugh or hug — or maybe all three.
Receive instead of give for a change.
Proclaim out loud that you love your body — lumps, bumps, stray hairs and all.
Throw away your scale.
Get your self care/rejuvenation time in any way you can.
Buy cute clothes you love – and that fit the body you have today.
Take a nap.
Nurture yourself – even if others in your life haven’t or won’t.
Keep going – or stop.
Place a priority on your yoga practice.
Celebrate all you’ve accomplished before you rush on to the next thing.
Continue looking for a yoga teacher until you find the right one for you.
Ignore those obnoxious diet ads on TV. Yeah, you know the ones.
Gracefully bow out when the conversation turns to body loathing.
Fiercely protect your sensitivity.
Do only the poses that work for you.
Acknowledge your feelings – especially if an instinct comes up to dismiss them.
Give yourself mini pep talks whenever you need them.
Eat whatever you want — even in public.
Turn off, shut down and unsubscribe from anything that makes you feel less than.
Notice when you’re not feeling stellar about your body — and then figure out what you need to flip that script.
Own your talents.
Remind yourself how far you’ve come.
Practice gratitude – for yourself and all the wonderful things you do to serve the world.
Do Savasana for your whole yoga practice (and yes, that could be just 5 minutes).