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Week 4: Feel the Love and a Better Body Image
Posted By Tanja Djelevic On March 12, 2012 @ 1:00 pm In Fitness | 3 Comments
Love is one of the most powerful forces on Earth. Unfortunately, I find that women who are most critical of their bodies  are missing a degree of self-love. Do you find yourself looking in the mirror and having negative thoughts about certain parts of your body? Do you find yourself saying things like, “If only my thighs were slimmer,” or “I wish my butt wasn’t so flat”?
When I teach my fitness classes , I often invite my students to do some of the exercises with their eyes closed in order to really feel the movement. On a neuromuscular level, training the body while creating positive thoughts and making that positive connection is scientifically proven to be one of the most powerful ways to create and reinforce a positive body image . And, on a non-scientific level, it just feels good!
I would like to challenge you this week to make a conscious effort to express positive energy at least a few times each day. Think of this week’s assignment as mental and emotional homework. Take some time while exercising to focus on how good it feels and how strong /flexible /balanced  that particular body part is. Start exercising your power to love your body unconditionally  and explore how that feels. Especially give love to the areas of which you are most critical. Undress in front of your mirror and try to look at your body with forgiveness, compassion, excitement and love.
So when you exercise  this week, please give your body the unconditional love it deserves.
Let me know how it goes and Live Life Loud !
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 Image: http://blog.gaiam.com/wp-content/uploads/2008/04/Love-Yourself.jpg
 critical of their bodies: http://life.gaiam.com/article/healthy-body-image-accepting-your-own-body
 my fitness classes: http://www.gaiamtv.com/search/node/Tanja Djelevic?chan=GaiamLife&utm_source=GaiamLife&utm_medium=Web&utm_campaign=10day
 create and reinforce a positive body image: http://life.gaiam.com/video/rodney-yee-how-yoga-can-help-you-accept-your-body
 strong: http://blog.gaiam.com/blog/dancing-warrior-a-humble-yoga-sequence-teaches-strength/
 flexible: http://blog.gaiam.com/blog/loosen-up-how-to-stretch-your-way-to-flexibility/
 balanced: http://life.gaiam.com/article/wobbly-workout-tools-work-hard-money
 love your body unconditionally: http://blog.gaiam.com/blog/love-your-body-and-accentuate-the-positive/
 exercise: http://www.gaiam.com/category/fitness-center.do?SID=WG127SPRTAPEMACS&extcmp=life_prod
 Live Life Loud: http://www.tanjadjelevic.com/
 Week 1: Get Motivated and Add Exercise: http://blog.gaiam.com/blog/10-weeks-to-a-better-body-and-more-energy/
 Week 2: Learn to Love Food: http://blog.gaiam.com/blog/week-2-better-body-and-more-energy-challenge/
 Week 3: Make Fitness Fun Again: http://blog.gaiam.com/blog/week-3-make-fitness-fun-again/
 Week 4: Feel the Love and a Better Body Image: http://blog.gaiam.com/blog/week-4-feel-the-love-and-a-better-body-image/
 Week 5: Hit the Weights: http://blog.gaiam.com/blog/week-5-hit-the-weights/
 Week 6: Water, Good for Your Body, Inside and Out: http://blog.gaiam.com/blog/week-6-water-good-for-your-body-inside-and-out/
 Week 7: Breathe and Reboot: http://blog.gaiam.com/blog/week-7-rr/
 Week 8: Rock Star Intervals: http://blog.gaiam.com/blog/week-8-rock-star-intervals/
 Week 9: The Three T’s!: http://blog.gaiam.com/blog/week-9-the-three-ts/
 Week 10: Putting it All Together: http://blog.gaiam.com/blog/week-10-putting-it-all-together/
 Tanja Djelevic fitness videos: http://www.gaiamtv.com/search/node/tanja?chan=GaiamLife&utm_source=GaiamLife&utm_medium=Web&utm_campaign=10day
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