You understand that people of all sizes struggle with body image. But do you ever find yourself thinking that it just doesn’t seem like it’s the same struggle for thin people as it is for you?
You hear it from your family, the media, your friends, and your doctors: they see your body as a problem. Whether they are expressing concern, complaining about their own much smaller bodies, or outright criticizing you, these messages make it extremely difficult to care for your body from a place of love.
Join Director of Programs and Communications for The Body Positive, Naomi Finkelstein, for a day of community, conversation, art, yoga, and self-love. We will start the day uncovering the messages that we have received throughout our lives about our bodies, and learn a powerful self-love tool. We’ll end the day with an art project to celebrate our beauty, and a gentle, embodied yoga practice.
Topics of conversation will include: dealing with pressure to lose weight from families and doctors, embracing a weight neutral approach to health, experiences with weight bigotry, and challenges in finding ways to move for pleasure and wellbeing rather than weight loss, chronic pain and illness, and how our body size intersects with all of our other identities.
NOTE: it can be difficult for some of us to know whether we qualify as “living in a large body.” We welcome anyone who identifies with this label. Seated yoga practitioners are welcome and the space is wheelchair accessible.