On the chalkboard wall in our kitchen, my family wrote out a bucket list for the summer. It includes the usual summer in Toronto things like going to the CNE and hiking in Rouge Valley and pretending we’re on vacation at Harbourfront.
And then there’s one thing on there that’s just for me: no self-improvement.
Last weekend I attended a workshop with Dianne Bondy, yoga teacher, social justice activist and leading voice of the Yoga For All movement (and also my new bff), hosted by the New Leaf Foundation. The workshop was titled “The Path to Empowerment, Self-Love and Body Acceptance” and I signed up as I have personally been struggling with these three things since the birth of my daughter in 2015. Going into the workshop I assumed that I would leave with some tools to help me learn to love this post-partum body that I’m still getting used to – and I certainly did. And perhaps more importantly, I also left with a new perspective on the wellness industry and the real issues it has with inclusion and accessibility.