Dispelling Myths: The Yoga Body

If you picked up the latest copy of Yoga Journal and didn’t know better you might think yoga as merely a means of advertising high-end clothes for skinny women. While most of us go to yoga to move inward and let go of physical/material constraints the business of yoga is very different than the historical origins and why most practitioners turn to the mat.

The danger in seeing one type of body as the ‘yoga body type’ is that it limits who sees themselves as yogis, causes unnecessary judgement/suffering and brings even more attention to the physical form vs. allowing that energy to help transform us from within.

However, modern yogis like Jessamyn Stanley are beautifully expanding what it means to represent, love and practice yoga. By bolding showing herself in her magnificent curves, Jessamyn Stanley helps all yoga practitioners and teachers feel a little more comfortable in ourselves.

How do you define the relationship between loving your body and practicing yoga? Is the physical practice your end goal or do you turn to yoga for other intentions?

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Even mainstream publications like The Atlantic are questioning the materialistic hold brands like Lululemon have over the psychology of what it means to practice and love this ancient art and the idea that wearing certain workout clothes actually results in working out better or doing so with more consistency.

When we use yoga as a means of knowing ourselves and accepting who we are in the moment it makes leaving preconceptions about what we are supposed to be or look like behind.

“Self-compassion is like a muscle. The more we practice flexing it, especially when life doesn’t go exactly according to plan (a frequent scenario for most of us), the stronger and more resilient our compassion muscle becomes.”
― Sharon Salzberg

Thank you for reading my post, and have a great day.

Namaste,

Victoria

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