Shore up: a free course in self-care

Lately, it seems like the world is just a complete tire fire.

Trump. Syria. Pulse nightclub shooting. Unarmed black folks killed by law enforcement. Brexit. Unchecked fascism. Prince and Bowie. (and this was just in 2016 when I wrote this page)

So many of my friends are in the trenches. Our dog died. My husband’s grandmother died. His mom got cancer.

I mean honestly. I am tired. I am done.

And to add insult to injury, everywhere I turn I see and hear what I need to fix about myself.

Resolutions, unrealistic standards, the endless advertisements and fitspiration. Now, I am a tenacious goal-setter, so don’t think I have it out for goals for no good reason.

I just find that more often than not, the emphasis is on what’s wrong with us.

“Lose weight, get whiter teeth and clear skin, quit sugar, finish your degree, make more money. Buy more stuff. Do more. Be more.”

As our messy, uncensored lives play out, we only see carefully curated social media versions of other people’s lives.

These seemingly perfect images make us think that we aren’t enough.

“If she can do it, why can’t I? Why can’t I be happy, not yell at my kids, have willpower, an immaculate house, and always have a gorgeous latte at hand?”

If you’re like me and many of my close friends, you’re feeling fragile, depleted, and on edge.

We are in serious need of repair.

Y’all, we gotta shore up.

Bolster. Fortify. Hold. Sustain. Support. Reinforce. Uphold.
It is high time for some serious self-care.
And I don’t mean the capitalist flavor of self-care that looks like bubble baths or buying a new lipstick.

I mean self-care like:

  • Learning how to say no. Trusting your own right timing.
  • Gratitude. Realizing what’s going right and how awesome you already are.
  • Reclaiming your body and the space you take up in the world. Standing in your power and agency.
  • Reclaiming your mental energy and focus as you let go of the things that no longer serve you.
  • Nourishment. Eating like you’re worth it.
  • Inquiry. Approaching yourself with curiosity and compassion.
  • Rest. Pausing to restore. Taking the time to shore up against the storms that will surely come later this year.

Sound good? I thought it might.

Join me for Shore Up: 7 days of support & reclamation

What can you expect from shore up?

Shore Up is 7 days of healing, rebuilding, and enough-ness.

Shore Up is the antidote to all of that heinous “new year, new you” rhetoric that damages and undermines us.

Shore Up is chock full of tools, tips, ideas, and inquiries to help you get grounded.

Over the course of a week, we’ll talk about ways to set goals that are rooted in compassion and loving-kindness instead of shame and the desire to “fix.” There will be yoga practice videos, guided relaxation and mindfulness recordings, inquiries and journaling prompts, and constructive rest.

Best of all, it’s free and comes right to your inbox.

“. . .there was a new voice which you slowly recognized as your own, that kept you company as you strode deeper and deeper into the world, determined to do the only thing you could do – determined to save the only life you could save.”

-Mary Oliver

About me

Hey, I’m Amber Karnes, creator of Body Positive Yoga. My goal is to empower you to live your life out loud – in the body you have today – without shame or apology. For me, yoga has been an integral part of a decade-long journey toward self-acceptance and body positivity – making peace with my body and helping others to do the same. I know what it’s like to struggle with low self-esteem, bad body image, disordered eating, and the shame that comes with feeling that I’m not enough. I also know what it’s like to fully inhabit my body. To see my body as an ally, my partner in crime. To accept myself – imperfect, flawed, human – and come out on top to live a life without shame or apology. I know what it’s like to finally realize that I am enough, just as I am. I want to do my level best to share that with you.

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