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Y’all might remember that I loved Kelly McGonigal‘s “Befriending the Body” workshop at last summer’s Being Yoga conference at Omega. So I was very happy when she told me about her new book, Yoga for Pain Relief, and so generously offered a guest blog post ~ and mp3 to practice with! Read on to see what she has to say about this lovely practice, “Listening to Your Body“:

Consider how you would describe a true friend. For starters, you feel comfortable around her. You feel at home and free to be yourself. Being around her puts you in a better mood. When you’ve had a bad day or are anxious, you might feel a need to connect with her. You can count on her to be there for you when you need her. You also care about her well-being, and you know that you would be there for her in a time of need. You enjoy helping her. When she has a problem, you listen. You look for ways to make her happy. You encourage her when she’s down. You see the good in her, even when she can’t. You are proud to be associated with her. You are grateful for her and can’t imagine life without her.

Does this sound like how you feel about your body? Or does it sound hopelessly different from your relationship with your body—so ridiculous that you can’t imagine anyone feeling that way about his or her body?

One of the greatest gifts of yoga is the chance to redefine your relationship with your body—the companion that has been with you through every moment of your life, and will be with you for the rest of this journey. Read the rest of this entry »

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