Self Care: Myth & Reality
Yoga for All Bodies
Written by: Erica Heller, LMSW, LCDC-I
Are you familiar with the term “self-care?” Honestly, I know a lot of people that cringe at this phrase. The first thing that comes to mind might be a night out on 6th Street with friends, happy hour, a massage, or a mani/pedi. Not to say these fun times are not self-care, however, I will say that the list definitely does not end there. As a person in recovery, and a therapist and social worker, I experienced a crash course in discovering solid coping skills that make me feel like a whole person – body, mind, and spirit – without the need for alcohol and other substances. Maybe you can relate.
I recently attended a hip opener yoga workshop led by Jessamyn Stanley. First of all, if you didn’t know, we store our emotions in our hips. So, hip opening poses are known for allowing emotions to release and can be powerful to overall well-being. While I love hip openers, my only reason for attending was to be led through a vinyasa (yoga flow) by Jessamyn. She is an amazing human, yoga teacher and body positivity activist. She recently wrote the book “Every Body Yoga” and I am such a fan of her and her work.
Yoga is a powerful tool for mind, body, and spirit connection and yet in the mainstream media it can appear to be focused on a certain type of person. We all know the type. White, thin, straight, cisgender (mostly female identified), and affluent. If you find yourself checking all of those boxes, yoga can still be for you! Just please be aware of your privilege. What I mostly want to express/rant in this blog post is how we can make yoga more inclusive. (I also just want to note that I realize what I know of Yoga is the culturally appropriated version and I honor the history of Yoga with origins in India. I am thankful to be a member of my home studio where there is focus on studying yogic philosophy.)
Thank you for finding me and coming to check out my blog. I am so grateful you are visiting my little piece of the interweb and I hope to provide something useful for you. This entry is my first one! I haven't blogged since the days of Xanga and Livejournal (oh High School!) so I'm excited to see how this process unfolds and I hope you'll stick with me along the way.
My intention for this blog is that it is a place where I can share helpful information and pose questions that help us all in our journey of living more aligned with our values and being more present in our lives. Some would call this "living your best life". That is a pop/teen culture reference for those #oldsouls out there. As you can likely tell, I work with adolescents so I try to stay up to date with my teen slang.