By Julia Jonson
Yoga Teacher/TBY Creative Director

I envision meeting a woman who is 100% comfortable in her own skin, wouldn’t dream of saying disparaging things about her body or visage, and she would happily accept compliments. Yet, I’ve met many self-confident sisters, who in asking even the most poised, self-assured woman if she’d change her appearance — she’s likely to say “yup”.

It’s a well-known fact that the diet and beauty industries thrive by undermining our appearance. Titles like Tips to Lose Those Last 10 Pounds, Hot Hints for Gym Proof Hair, Banish the Bloat: 5 Steps to Slim Your Menopausal Middle, Turn Back the Clock on Wrinkles… can catapult us into chronic body frustration. We are bombarded with messages telling us we are not pretty enough, young enough or thin enough.

What if you could bring your mind to higher ground by changing your thoughts? Total Body Yoga has two upcoming events for women and teen girls that allow more brain space for the important stuff in life such as spreading love, being creative, taking on a new hobby, and being thankful for your human form instead of putting it down. While “self-love” may sound like an insufferable buzz phrase, there’s something really wonderful about having high regard for your own happiness while not settling for anything less than what you deserve. Maybe it’s high time to smack down your internal critic who constantly judges you, and turn up the volume on your inner voice that sounds more like a caring friend. The Embody Love Movement can help!

We are so proud to bring The Embody Love Movement to TBY. This groundbreaking program earned the attention of National Geographic Magazine, Mantra Magazine, Yoga Journal, and other publications. ELM has a loving mission: “to resource all self-identifying girls and women to reclaim beauty on their terms by building self-approval and cultivating compassion for themselves and others.” Stephanie Bersh, yoga teacher and ELM facilitator, will guide you through exercises to bring awareness about self-worth. We have two events; one for women and one for teen girls — each contains a basic level yoga practice. Grab a friend for an eye-opening, perspective-changing event!

Women’s Event – Saturday, February 8th, 2:00-4:30 pm
Teen Girl Event – Sunday, February 9th, 2:00-4:30 pm