“I DON’T LOOK LIKE A YOGI” “AREN’T PEOPLE WHO DO YOGA SKINNY” “I DON’T HAVE A YOGA BODY”
Stepping into your first yoga class can be scary and leave us all feeling a little insecure. Whether you’re a middle-aged woman reminiscing on your youth or a young girl carrying what has been deemed extra weight - we can all feel a little defeated and wish we were more toned, thinner and athletic.
There is a stereotype of a real yogi. That to practice yoga you need to be thin and look good in a pair of yoga pants. Luckily for all of us - it isn’t true.
Social media hasn’t helped our insecurities. Over 67 million photos have been posted on Instagram using the hashtag ‘yoga.’ A quick scroll through will bombard you with photos of yogis in impossible poses, with physiques of models, and often with a filter overlay. It’s easy to feel like we don’t compare.
Luckily, the trend seems to be moving to a more body positive culture. Yogis of all shapes, sizes, colors and abilities are finding their place ‘on the mat’ and special people are leading the way. We hope to be a part of this trend as we encourage practitioners to come as they are with no intention of changing anything. Ask any teacher at Flow Town Yoga and they can probably name something they feel insecure about. But we chose to step on our mat anyway and encourage you to do so as well.
WHY DO WE PRACTICE?
Ultimately, the issue comes down to why we practice yoga. Are we engaged in the ego and concerned about what others think of us, or are we taking time to unite our mind, body, spirit and breath.
If you can breathe you can do yoga. If you are reading this then you are ready - in the body you have. Right here. Right now.