I’ve never liked looking at myself in the mirror while exercising. In fact, during a few month stint when I was going to step aerobics with Jasmine I would actively avoid seeing myself. It was just too awkward looking, almost painful, my inability to figure out that stupid cha-cha step.

But the other day in yoga I happened to turn my head and look over my arm, caught a glimpse of myself in the mirror and my automatic response was to Quick! Avert the Eyes! I mean, Downward Dog is a little undignified to begin with, am I right? But something caught my eye. I wasn’t embarrassed of myself, I didn’t feel awkward or ashamed or like I should crawl inside my skin and hide.

Instead, my exact thought was, “Wow! That is a bitchin’ downward dawg!”

Healing. Growth. Forward Motion. Beauty. Acceptance. Love.

I am learning these things.


  1. Good for you! There is beauty in all of us, even on the outside where we are always our most harsh critics.


  2. Laurie McKinnon January 5, 2012 at 2:56 pm

    It IS a bitchin’ downward dog!


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