Friday, December 25, 2009

Befriend Your Body

Yoga Bear, a non-profit I advise, recently asked cancer survivors and members of the yoga/medical communities how they befriend their own body -- what they are grateful for, how they take care of and nourish themselves, and what steps they have taken to heal the mistrust, anger, or grief toward the body that commonly goes along with illnesses, injuries, and cancer treatment.

I got to choose the winning response, which you can read here. It is honest, heartfelt, and relatable, and communicates well the imperfect but compassionate relationship many of us have with our bodies.

If you want some support befriending your body, check out the audio practices here, adapted from Yoga for Pain Relief.

Thanks to Rae Johnson, a two-time breast cancer survivor from Maryland, for sharing her story.

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