Can yoga sculpt help you LOVE your arms?
I remember a time when I hated my arms. I was lifting really heavy weights in college athletics, and I was bulking up like crazy! My arms made me feel so masculine and heavy. I felt like I didn’t have a choice because it was part of my workout, and that’s what I was told to do in order to be successful on the track. Yet I was sucking performance wise. So not only did I now hate my arms, but I was jumping and hurdling slower and shorter than ever before. I was like, “WHAT IS GOING ON?!”
That was meant to be super negative.
Because that was truly my head space, and the way that I talked to myself. Honestly lifting heavy and not training properly probably did affect my performance some, but looking back it was my psychology about my body image and my relationship with food that was making me suffer.
If you tell yourself over and over again that you hate a certain part of your body, then you will attract that hate and continue the downward spiral of negative body image.
Instead of hating your arms (or whatever body part it is for you) – you should be grateful for all the things that they allow you to do. Your arms allow you to pick up things, keep your balance, drive, workout, type on your computer, hold a leash, cook, etc. What if you didn’t have arms?! Can you imagine all the challenges you would have to overcome that you don’t even have to think about now?
(If it’s not your arms that you are hating on – pinpoint what body part it is, and make a list of all the reasons why you are grateful for it.)
So I made this yoga sculpt video for all you lovelies out there who are hating on your arms. Unlike my past experiences with lifting weights, this is a yoga sculpting sequence that uses light weights and mindful movement. If you don’t have dumbbells at home you can use shampoo bottles or anything that will give you a little extra to hold onto.
Until next time, stay grateful and find movement that you LOVE!
XO – HY