Creating healthy, happy bodies inside and out.

Jennifer-Snowdon-yogaContributed by Jennifer Snowdon. Spring is just around the corner, and so are shorts, little dresses, and bathing suits. It’s the time of year when we start to feel insecure about our winter weight and head off to the gym to get our bikini bodies ready. We scold ourselves for having been too indulgent over the winter months. At the gym we furiously run on the treadmill; in the kitchen, we limit our food.
I think we have it backward and propose a new paradigm. Let’s move our bodies with joy, and feel the wonder of being physical creatures, and then reward ourselves with nutritious meals. As we move into spring, let’s get our bikes out and enjoy the feeling of the breeze on our cheeks. Let’s walk or run outdoors and listen to the birds that we’ve missed all winter. Let’s go to the gym and feel alive as the sweat runs down our backs. Work up a hunger, and thank yourself with good food.

 
When we come to our yoga mats, we often arrive hoping for a good workout. There’s nothing wrong with sweating and stretching, but we call yoga a practice, not a workout. It’s where we come to practice for life. As we move our bodies through postures, we learn how to be present with what is. Gurmukh Kaur Khalsa, a yoga teacher in L.A., said it beautifully, “Yoga is not about self-improvement. It’s about self-acceptance.” When we are present with what is in our bodies, we can learn to love and accept ourselves as we are. We need to prepare not our thighs for summer, but our hearts and minds. Yes, we can be strong and lean and look however we choose, but why are we choosing those things? Does it matter how we look at the beach? Can we also show ourselves loving-kindness and accept what is?

 
So this spring, as we prepare ourselves for summer, instead of punishing ourselves, let’s move our bodies with delight, enjoy the nourishment of food and drink, and let’s befriend ourselves with loving-kindness, creating healthy, happy bodies inside and out.

TwitterGoogle+FacebookLinkedInDiggStumbleUponBlogger PostDeliciousShare

Other News

Forsythia-Festival-article-photo

#ThinkSpring

Contributed by Shawna King Pereira. A true sign that spring has arrived in Cabbagetown is the blooming of our beloved yellow forsythia flower.   Not only do the blooms colour our … [Read More...]

Sword-St.-neighbour--Redwing-walks-photo-by-Linda

Our Neighbour is Doing Great Things!

Contributed by Timothy Neesam and Linda Weichel. We’re residents of Sword Street and would like to give a public cheer for our neighbour Lisa Gervais. Lisa’s been running ecology/history tours of … [Read More...]

SIDEWALK

Cracks in the Sidewalk

Contributed by Andre Bermon. At the foot of Parliament Street, a tech giant seeks a futuristic, data driven “smart city,” the likes of which Toronto has never seen. In October 2017, Sidewalk Labs, the … [Read More...]

ClothingDrive_Bloch

6th Annual Clothing Drive

Our Friends at the Bloch Team are hosting their 6th annual Clothing Drive. Save all those good clothes and be ready. In support of the Oasis Addiction Recovery Program. Thanks Bloch Team. … [Read More...]

front-banner

SPRING HAS SPRUNG

Contributed by Sarah Cook, Publisher. Well, spring is here- my favorite time of year   It’s time to put away your heavy jacket, the snow boots, and gloves, and sort through our spring … [Read More...]

PSN-Ad---Final

CRC HIRES YOUTH

Contributed by Blake Keidan. Not being able to afford food on the table or a roof over your head is a stress that no Canadian should have to suffer. While there is a national strategy to reduce … [Read More...]

Behind the scenes

Contributed by Michael Hepburn. The forsythia blossoming the first weekend in May notes the arrival of Cabbagetowns Forsythia Festival. Traditionally marking the beginning of spring in Cabbagetown. … [Read More...]

How to Make the Most of Spring

Contributed by Laurie Ward. Laurie is a Toronto-based Shiatsu Therapist offering treatments downtown. She has been part of the health and wellness community for more than 20 years. Get more info and … [Read More...]

Desmond-Ryan

10-33 Assist PC

Contributed by Author Desmond P. Ryan. In our last instalment of Cabbagetown resident Desmond P. Ryan’s 10-33 Assist PC, fictional Detective Constable Mike O’Shea--a cop with a knack for working hard … [Read More...]

THE PICKY EATER PART 2

Contributed by: Letitia Mancini ~ Family Coach. Remember these key points when introducing new foods: Introduce one new food at a time. Introduce new food by associating it with favourite foods. … [Read More...]

Cabbagetown-Youth-Centre

Cabbagetown Youth Centre History

Peter Wylie’s name was in the newspaper, and it was a problem. It was the late 1960s, and he had taken part in an amateur boxing competition in Toronto. Wylie, a rookie police officer, hadn’t realized … [Read More...]

Momentum Montessori