What the heck is that? For me...it is learning to love my body again. After I had Sophia and Grayson I really struggled with my body, the way it looked, the way it made me feel. I hated looking at myself in the mirror and if I am being 100% honest there are still days I hate looking at my body.
The last year I have really tried to shift the way I look at my body.
Instead of seeing the excess skin, fat and stretch marks that I know are there, I think instead...my body created and carried 2 human beings. My body allowed me to carry my beautiful children to full term, deliver them vaginally, no tearing with an easy recovery. My body not only did that BUT it also created a placenta with both of my pregnancies...did you know that your body creates a placenta, which is an organ to provide your baby with oxygen and nutrients and then when you deliver your baby your body delivers the placenta after and will create a new one with each pregnancy??? RIGHT...our bodies do amazing things!
I have learnt to love my body for allowing me to breathe...there are so many ways your body can breathe many of which I learnt and continue to learn through my yoga journey. I have also come back to appreciate that I am flexible and am able to do many fun yoga poses that I believe to be easy but to other people they are not. Our bodies allow us each to do so many different things. And although I will never been able to do proper eagle arms as my arms are just not built to do it, I can do other beautiful poses like Mermaid and tree which are two of my favorite poses.
This past Sunday on the May 24 weekend I took part in a body positivity photoshoot in Niagara Falls! It was terrifying and exhilarating all at once. Myself along with 7 other women stripped down to our bras and underwear in tourist central to take pictures with the iconic falls view as well as the skywheel!
We did the skywheel first and if you have never been to Niagara falls....it is located right on the main strip, you have to walk past it to get to the actual falls. There were hundreds if not thousands of people around, cars passing by ect. We took some amazing shots and when we were done my body was trembling...I think it was a mix of excitement, nerves and adrenaline.
After that amazingness we walked down to the falls (after we put our clothes back on) found a spot with an amazing view of both the Canadian and the American falls then we stripped back down and did some more shots.
I cannot speak for the other women but for myself this is an amazing experience. And as terrifying as it is to do something like this, I know I will 100% do another one of these photoshoots!
If you have ever thought of your body as anything but beautiful I ask you....think long and hard about the amazing things your body allows you to do. Write down 3 things....share them with someone...you probably know someone who also struggles with this, maybe they are vocal about it and maybe they aren't. If we start talking about these things we will all learn that we each have insecurities and that someone who we look at and think "wow, they have a beautiful body" may not think that way about themselves.
Lets start raising each other up, not tearing each other down! If you are in the London ON area and would like to take part in a body positivity photoshoot send me a message! I would love to meet you and include you.