Have you ever felt intimidated when walking into a yoga class? I know I have.
I have been body shamed as a yoga student, yoga teacher and
general human being. Unfortunately, a general consensus from media tends to promote a thin, overly "flexible" female as the epitome of yoga. This is not the average person; this is not the average yoga practitioner. Throughout my journey in recovery from eating disorders, I have been able to make peace with my body and practice.
Fortunately, there are positive shifts in mainstream media. This includes the Yoga and Body Image Coalition, an organization of which I am proud to be a member.
We promote body positivity, self-care and diversity in yoga. In yoga, we strive for connection, breath and awareness. There are 8 limbs of yoga and only 1 of the limbs is asana (the physical postures).
So as we shift into Fall and the holiday season, show yourself some peace, love and acceptance for where you are right now: physically, mentally, energetically and emotionally.
Yoga means union, so let us all come together on (and off) the mat and support each other in our journeys. Yoga is for every body!
I look forward to seeing everyone in class.
Yoga and Body Image Coalition: Community Partner