Hi guys and happy Monday! Hope you all had a good weekend. I had a great first weekend back at school and it was great being with my friends again. 🙂
My best friend Jillian and I
Anyways, I wanted to talk to y’all about something that’s been bugging me a bit.
I feel like there’s this idea that all yogi’s are pretty slim and have the most defined abs. I don’t know, maybe I’m wrong. But it’s just what I’ve been feeling and sensing off Instagram. All the super popular and famous yogi Instagrams are of girls who really don’t have the typical body. They don’t have rolls on their stomach or cellulite on their thighs, which is obviously something a whole lot of women have.
I guess what bugs me the most about this is is that yoga is not even all about the workout in my opinion. It is so much more. It is a practice that welcomes all people, of all sizes, and of all ages. And no one should ever feel intimated to step into a yoga class because they may not have a six-pack or their core may be a bit fluffier than that girl who posted a picture of her crow on Instagram.
The thing is, I could do all the core exercises in the world and I would never have a six-pack. I’m never going to look like @the_southern_yogi on Instagram. And that is okay! Does that mean I’m not fit for yoga? Absolutely not. My legs will always have some stretch marks. My stomach is never going to be completely flat. And that is okay. That doesn’t mean I’m not capable of doing yoga. We often forget of all the amazing things our bodies can do because we are so focused on what they look like. I don’t have the most toned body but I am still able to do headstands, handstands, and different inversions. I am capable of all these things even though the rolls on my stomach show when I sit. (which most everyone’s do!!)
One of the things I love so much about entering a yoga class is the diversity of people there. There are men and women. There are people of different ages. And we all look different. Can you imagine if we all looked the same and were stick thin with toned abs? Idk, if ya ask me that would just be pretty freakin’ weird.
I went to a new yoga studio last week and I really connected with the teacher. Her outlook on yoga was so inspiring and eye-opening for me. The energy she brought to the practice was tangible and I loved how the environment was so opening and accepting. Each woman in that studio was there for her own reason, and each woman was accepting of that. There was NO judgment or shame in that room. The teacher ended the practice saying that yoga is not about working out. It’s about working within. When she said that I was just kinda like “woahhhhh.” I’ve never thought of yoga like that. Because to be honest, I get caught up in the competition of it all. I get frustrated when I can’t do a certain inversion and I get jealous sometimes that I am not as good or as strong as @the_southern_yogi. Sometimes I feel like I always have to be doing a fast flow or I get trapped in the idea that I don’t even look like I do yoga. I’m not perfect and I will never claim to be. Because I do get caught in these detrimental thought cycles like each and every other person out there.
But the thing is there is not right or wrong body type for yoga. All you need is a body, a mat, and an open mindset. Go into your practice with the mindset that this is a practice working from within. There is no right or wrong body type for yoga. Yoga is what you make of it. If your body isn’t capable of doing a bridge, don’t do it. It doesn’t make you a bad yogi. Just modify it. But maybe you’ll be able to do another pose instead that someone else can’t do. Yoga meets us where we are, and it knows exactly where we need to be. Entering into yoga with this open mindset instead of a poor attitude and the belief that your body isn’t fit for this practice won’t get you anywhere. Accept your body for what it is and have fun with it. This isn’t even a practice of how you look. This is a practice of how you feel. If you feel good at the end of your practice, that’s all that counts. Not if your body doesn’t look like the girl next to you in a headstand. All of that is so insignificant. Trust your feelings in that moment and leave the studio with those feelings of strength and confidence. In my opinion, that’s the most beautiful thing about yoga. It has nothing to do with the whole body type, six-pack ab crap or those perfect poses we see on Instagram. It’s about that feeling of confidence we get when we finish a practice, that overwhelming sensation of strength.
Comment any thoughts you have on this. I’d love to hear them!!
Have a lovely Monday friends. 🙂
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