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Luego de luchar contra la depresión y la adicción a la comida, y de estar peleada con su cuerpo durante años, la norteamericana Dana Falsetti encontró en el yoga una manera de cambiar totalmente su vida. Actualmente, lleva dos años practicándolo y se ha convertido en una estrella de Instagram con más de 150 mil seguidores.
Faith is usually the missing ingredient. I kind of think I've been able to do this pose for some time now, but I really didn't believe it. You know what you think you do, so I guess I knew I couldn't do scorpion. But today, after a few days away from my practice, I worked on pincha and just let my body make the shapes it wanted to make. No expectations or assumptions. Without those two things, there was room for faith. And that's life I guess - going in wanting too much or dwelling in negative self talk will only take up space where faith could be. Leave a little room for what you don't know, and loosen the grip on what you think you know so certainly.
“Cuando comencé a hacer yoga, me sentía muy limitada por mi cuerpo, y eso era evidente no sólo en mi práctica sino en mi vida entera. Estaba convencida de que muchas de estas poses que veía a otras personas hacer en las clases no iban a ser posibles para mí a causa de mi cuerpo”, le contó Dana al sitio web Brit.co.
Pero, poco a poco, la práctica de yoga comenzó a hacerle cambiar su percepción. “Me hizo ver al cuerpo como algo transitorio: cambia todo el tiempo, todos los días, lo querramos o no”, subraya Dana. “La manera en la que tu cuerpo se ve no es un factor determinante en si el yoga es algo que podés hacer. Es una comunidad totalmente inclusiva”, agrega la joven, quien junto a una socia lleva adelante su propia escuela de yoga.
Hi babes! I'm your host tomorrow for the #RedefiningYoga challenge. I chose Tittibhasana/Firefly. I picked this pose because it is one of my favorites to practice, which is amazing considering it used to make me want to cry. This pose has taught me a lot about patience, possibility, and discipline. This is one of the first challenging poses I encountered that really made me feel like my body was in the way. I felt like my thighs and belly were taking up so much space that I had no room to lift off the floor. I started my using blocks under my hands to give my some extra height and a little bit of faith. Eventually my feet lifted and I'd catch a moment of balance before falling on my ass. Slowly but surely I've found the strength not only to access the pose, but to believe that I can. My best tips for this pose: hip openers and hamstring openers, plank holds for strong shoulders and core. Deepening your wide legged forward folds will help significantly. Strong bakasana holds will help build a stable foundation through your shoulders and core and help you understand the shape. When you do work on entering this pose - feet about mat distance apart and work your shoulders under your thighs as much as you can. Hands come down under the heels. As you start to sit back and shift the weight into your hands, think about squeezing the thighs onto the upper arms as you broaden through your shoulders. Keep the belly engaged and lifted as you start to wiggle the feet towards each other to create the space to lift. Eventually you'll straighten the legs. If it isn't happening yet, work on your wide leg folds or planks/bakasana! If you want to take it up a notch, maybe try a transition to crow and jump back. And remember, no stress. Check in with @mynameisjessamyn tomorrow for the final pose!
I didn't start practicing yoga to lose weight. I didn't start to put my leg behind my head or to contort my body into crazy shapes. I didn't do it to get a good workout. Coming to the practice with that mindset is simply flawed. In the midst of the media madness, some of the truth has been lost. Everybody wants to see the fat girl in a flashy yoga pose, I get it. But here's what's up - I'm not a monkey or a contortionist. I'm me. I practice yoga because it is the first and only thing I've found that has given me the space to see myself as I am. I didn't think I was worthy of happiness. A lot of us feel like that and it shows in different ways. For me, it looked like 300 pounds and an eating disorder, among other things. For others it looks like varying forms of addiction, depression, anxiety, and fear. I lived with all of these things and didn't even realize it. The only thing I've ever wanted to get across is that you are absolutely allowed to love yourself. In any body, any situation, at any time. And you can do that while moving towards a healthier place in body, mind, and spirit. I'd rather go through my day with my head held high than staring down at the ground. We all deserve to feel that kind of love for ourselves. I don't care if you're 5 pounds or 500, you're a person and you're worthy of all good things. Don't forget it. Photo by @cuerebecca
“En el momento en el que me di cuenta de que todos tenemos inseguridades, fue cuando comencé a perder gran parte de las mías”, confiesa Falsetti. “Siempre habrá excusas si uno quiere que las haya así que, hasta cierto punto, hay que hacer las cosas simplemente porque uno quiere”.