It's Museday! Meet Marc.
Welcome to this weeks feature. My Body Muse is a weekly series where we talk to people about their bodies and the weird/beautiful/messy/awesome/crazy-making narratives we build around them. Shoot us a note at firstname.lastname@example.org if you’d like to be featured.
1) Can you tell us a bit about yourself? What you do? Where you're from?
Born and raised in New York. I'm an entrepreneur, yogi and teacher. I recently co-founded a music festival called 90sFest (shameless plug - www.90sfest.com). We'll be in 3-5 cities this fall including New York. In addition I teach yoga, meditation and tutor the SAT / ACT.
2) Can you tell us a bit about what you love about your body?
I love that there is SOOOO much complexity going on in the background, but in the forefront everything seems so simple. What needs to happen from my heart to brain to my finger tips for me to even type right now is mind-blowing.
3) Have you ever felt inadequate in your body? Do you feel comfortable sharing that story with us?
Yes. I was in middle school hanging out with a bunch of girls at a friend's house. I was only 12, but already shaving my little mustache, so suffice it to say that I'm a furry one. My friend was sitting on my back and pulled up my shirt. Upon seeing that I had lower back hair (again, I was 12 years old) she shouted out and the rest of the girls relentlessly heckled me that night. It was embarrassing, but of course I had to play it cool / act like a tough guy. I was pretty nasty to that girl for years to come and perpetuated the body negativity. In hindsight, I probably owe her an apology.
4) If your body were you friend, how would you describe it?
I'm not sure I could describe my body as a friend, because I wouldn't speak to a friend the way I speak to my body. I guess if I'm being honest my body would be more like a family member, close friend or my recent girlfriend. I tend to be hard on those closest to me because I see their "highest potential" rather than accepting them as they are. In high school and college I was all about the weightlifting, so I treated my body more like someone who had not achieved his highest potential. It was always - more weight, more reps. I never really appreciated where my body was at any given time, but always believed I could shape it to something better. This is a constant struggle in my yoga practice. I now strive to simply feel and breath in poses rather than reaching for arbitrary achievements like the modern male obsession with touching our toes.
5) Fill in the blank:
My body does__everything I ask it to do, if I ask nicely___
My body does not like __when I eat dairy___
My body's theme song is__Age of Consent - New Order____
6) Do you have a favorite affirmation?
Hum Sa, So Hum; So Hum, Hum Sa - I am that, that I am
7) What else? Final words?
Men face plenty of body shaming and we're sensitive too! I've noticed a dramatic rise in "men's health", which I'd redefine as "How to grow big pecs and biceps without ruining your six pack abs" Being hairy is OK. Growing old is OK. Who has six pack abs anyways?
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