There is far too much pressure on men and women to look a certain way and to attain a prescribed “ideal” body that is unachievable for most. We believe that sharing ideas and encouraging positive practices can help to clarify and improve our relationships with our bodies.
This group discussion, led by Alice & Becky, will explore the relationship between the practice of yoga and our perceptions of our own bodies. We will dive into the history and philosophy of how yogis, several thousand years ago, related to their physical bodies as well as how they considered deeper “sheaths” such as emotional and energetic bodies. This historical background offers a foundation for considering the more contemporary issues modern yogis face, especially in the age of social media. Our aim is to create an open, supportive discussion to talk about body image and the ways yoga can impact one's body image and self-esteem, both positively and negatively. The session will comprise both discussion and practical exercises, including meditation and mantra creation; however, we will not practice any yoga asana.
All money raised will be donated to Stem4 charity, which supports young people struggling with mental illness, including eating disorders (stem4.org.uk)
£20 per person. Open to all.
What you’ll come away with:
A better understanding of the foundations of yoga philosophy, particularly how it relates to perceptions of and relationships to the human body.
Ideas for how to foster a healthy body image, inspiration for self-care, and tools to help manage societal pressures, particularly with regards to social media.
Mantras and meditation and breathing techniques to help bring focus and peace into your daily life
ABOUT THE TEACHERS
Alice Jackson is passionate about encouraging people to cultivate better relationships with their bodies. She is a positive body image promoter and yoga teacher having trained in yoga therapy for eating disorders. After overcoming anorexia 10 years ago she understands the difficulties that people can go through. Alice knows from experience that sharing these feelings is the first step towards developing more positive ways of thinking about ourselves.
Becky Farbstein has been practising yoga for more than twelve years, having become hooked on the practice when she was in graduate school. With no background in dance, gymnastics, or martial arts, Becky has always firmly believed that yoga is for every body. She teaches physically and intellectually challenging vinyasa classes that weave traditional yoga philosophy alongside asana practice that places primacy on building a strong, steady breath. Becky has an academic background in anthropology and archaeology, which fosters her ongoing interest in how social norms and pressures impact individual behaviour and perceptions of self.