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Is a Class Right for You?

I really enjoy visiting classes in which I can move, dance, play and exercise.  There are several things I notice during these classes that help me determine if I want to return to the class.

I like to feel welcomed by the teacher and the group.  I like to feel a sense of connection, warmth and positive energy in the room. I feel put off by talk about size and weight.  I want messages that help me to accept my body as she is rather than hear how my body is going to shrink if I can just push myself a bit longer and harder.  I definitely do not want to hear about my body becoming bathing suit ready!

I want a class without a dress code; I do not want to have to wash my hair and apply make-up to attend a class. If I happen to drop into a class during the work day I want to feel comfortable if my hair is done and my make-up is on.  I certainly don’t want to feel

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  1. I’ve joined a gentle yoga class this year for the first time. All of what you said is so true for me also. Even though some of the movements are not good for my neck (teacher encourages not to do what isn’t comfortable) other things have been helpful. I do struggle with not doing a movement, thinking what will others or the teacher think. I didn’t realize I was having those thoughts at first. I started to not want to go to yoga. But once I realized what was happening it made me want to go without dread. I don’t know that I will stick with yoga. But now I’ve learned I have a choice in matters. I’ve also realized I’m not a failure if I quit this class. I’ve learned many good things – especially awareness of how my body feels. I’m sure there will be some other activity out there for me to experience. In the mean time I get to continue walking which I so enjoy and my body enjoys too. Funny thing at one time I didn’t think I could do much of that either, but now I love it. And so it goes, continuing to get to know myself – to care for myself. Thanks for sharing Robin.

  2. Ellen Shuman, Emotional Eating Coach; A Weigh Out says

    Being attuned to your body and its needs, how it feels, how you feel about the experience, seeing it all as a choice….all a great way to approach this!!!

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