Survivor on the Mat: Trauma-Aware Training for Survivors of Sexual Violence

Written by Lynne Marie Wanamaker. Posted in Body, Defend Yourself!, Featured Posts, Martial Arts

Halfway through our personal training session my client became disoriented, unfocused, and weepy. Before we began working together she told me that she was a trauma survivor. We were stretching in a peaceful studio when she became overwhelmed with emotion.

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“I don’t understand why this is happening now,” she said.

“You brought your body with you,” I reminded her.

Modified Diet, Modified Mindset: How Veganism Changed My Relationship with Food

Written by Stephanie Kuehnert. Posted in Body, Eat Features, Featured Posts, Spirit, Think

When people learn that I’ve been vegan for half of my life, they often ask why. “Is it political? Ethical? Environmental?” My response: “It’s personal.” This answer isn’t meant to be a cop-out; it’s actually an invitation to a longer conversation, my way of saying it’s more complex than one reason. It’s all of those things and more, and it is deeply rooted in a personal place.

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Jessica’s Blog: A Month of Ashtanga

Written by Jessica Young. Posted in Jessica's Blog, Spirit, Yoga

Week Three Highlights

Day 17

yoga matI was depressed this morning on the mat. I sat with my head in my hands not really knowing what to do. I didn’t want to practice yoga. I didn’t want to do anything.

Then I remembered what Angela Jamison said about the practice: it’s always there. It’s there when you’re sick or sad or lonely, just like it’s there when you’re triumphant or jubilant. In that way, it’s kind of like a friend, like someone or something you commune with daily. I don’t know if it’s a comfort to you, but I suppose it’s a kind of touchstone, one thing in our lives that isn’t variable.

I Did It! I Had a Preventative Double Masectomy

Written by zzz zzz. Posted in Body, Body Logic Features, I Did It! Readers Stories of Personal Triumph

by Krystin Tate

krystin tateI sat in a gray, windowless space, a room typically used to observe children with disabilities. It doubled as the setting of something life changing – receiving test results I wasn’t sure I wanted. But it was too late to run as the genetic counselor handed me a purple folder, a medical Pandora’s box. “The results are positive,” she said, confirming my worst fears.

What she didn’t say, but I knew with a sinking feeling, was that the positive results indicated that my risk of breast cancer was as high as 87%. Barely less than a sure thing.

Think about it this way: if you were boarding a plane with an 87% chance of crashing, would you pray for that 13% chance of safety or high-tail it out of there? It sounds easy, right? But what if it wasn’t a plane crash you feared? That’s what I had to ask myself when I tested for the BRCA2 mutation. Everyone carries the BRCA gene, which works as a tumor suppressor, but when it is mutated it greatly increases the risk for breast and ovarian cancer.

Ditching the Play Date

Written by Nadine Warner. Posted in Body, Featured Posts, Ms. Fit Momma

Finding Family Peace and Togetherness Through Spontaneous Fun

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“You have to wiggle your butt to go faster.” My son demonstrates as we stand in front of our house on the uneven sidewalk. Sunday morning drivers—minivans, scooters, the occasional alley junk truck–slow down to see why a forty-something year old and a seven year old are making figure eights with their hips.

“Do you want to try again?” Nick asks when we finish his mini-lesson.

Not really, I think as I rub my bruised hip. Nevertheless, I take the ripstick from him. It’s a two-wheeled skateboard clearly designed by 14-year-olds with no parental input whatsoever.

“Just relax and kinda have fun. That’s how I do it,” he says, then stands back so I can steady myself on our white picket fence.

He is a far different person from who he was six months ago.

Then again, so am I.

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