Author: Stephanie Burg

7 Highly Effective Habits Women Who Love Their Bodies

As a professional ballerina, I spent years in front of the mirror judging myself harshly, ignoring my body’s need for rest and food, and criticizing my unwanted curves. I loved ballet more than anything else in the world and blamed my body for holding me back from the things I truly desired for my career. As I fought harder each day to control the things about my body that I wished were different, I began to disconnect from the signals I was being given about my life, my health and my work. In the years after I turned 29,...

Read More

A Ballerina’s Story: How I Learned to Love My Body

Early in life, I learned to view my body as a sort of prison. While other little girls spent time playing and living carefree young lives, I struggled my way through ballet class– attempting to forcefully train my body to be graceful, obedient, and beautiful. Through my journey from student to professional, no matter my efforts, no matter how low my weight, or expertly I executed choreography, I never felt it was enough. At the root of it all, I felt that my body held me back. “If I’d only been born with narrower shoulders, higher arched feet, longer...

Read More