Yoga Journal

Yoga and Self-Acceptance

“In a society that profits from your self-doubt, liking yourself is a rebellious act.”
CAROLINE CALDWELL

I became selfconscious about my body. I couldn’t have been older than seven. I was wearing my favorite floral one-piece bathing suit, and my friend’s little brother told me that I had big legs. Those words felt like a punch to the gut. I was suddenly aware of my body in a way that I hadn’t been before. From that moment on, my body became something others could accept or reject without my consent. That comment planted a seed of shame that would eventually grow and lead

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