Tuesday, 12 April 2016

The false image of yoga

I am so fed up with the imagery that has flooded the internet. Pages and pages of  tanned, tiny, young women in skimpy outfits performing extremely challenging yoga poses, with perhaps the odd photo of a muscle-man demonstrating his strength. Puuuurlease!

I understand that when you are promoting your yoga school/class you need to select images that are inspiring and eye-catching, but I believe that we need to be responsible in our choices.

To project an elitest image...a 'club' that only the thin, beautiful and flexible can belong to is utterly irresponsible.

Yoga teachers the world over recite, "Yoga is for everyone"...so let's show that!

Until now, I have only had photo's of myself on my website...not for my vanity, but to preserve the privacy of my students.

But I really have had enough of the damaging torrent of unbalanced imagery relating to yoga.

So, I will be asking my students permission to photograph them - real people - doing real yoga, and I will post these pictures. I encourage you to do the same. Let's balance out this imagery and allow people to consider the possibility of them doing yoga, rather than writing themselves off before they have even stepped onto a mat.

Yoga is not the final pose. Yoga is the doing, the trying, the sweat, wobbles, concentration, breath. Whether or not you can touch your toes is unimportant - as is your weight, gender, race, religion, age.

Yoga is for everyone. It really is.

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