Recently, I have given myself the opportunity to learn about yoga for those of us who may not be able to fit into all the poses that are traditionally taught on ‘thin’ models. I’m loving this opportunity to learn more about body types that don’t fit into the ‘traditional’ yoga poses because of shape or size. I’ve attended and taught many classes. In one class in particular, I was asked by students why I was there. Somehow, they viewed me as having attained the ‘ideal’ yoga level, or fitness level, or whatever – but, they questioned my reason for attending class! I was also asked, as I was sub-teaching another class named “Not for Skinny B!tches” – why I was teaching the class because I was deemed ‘skinny’. (The instructor I was replacing was even thinner than I!) The reason that I delve into these memories is that there is often a perception surrounding yoga about how the body should look in a pose, when in reality, we are all different and have many different body styles, shapes and mindsets. These are what make each of us an individual, and also, individually beautiful! Yoga is not about subscribing to some dogmatic theory about how we all need to look the same, act the same and think the same. Yoga is about appreciating what we have and who we are individually, moment by moment, and in the moment. Not only do I encourage everyone to try yoga; I also encourage everyone to let go of the negative thoughts that enter our minds in the beginning, middle and end of the practice. Yoga is about you. It is about you in the now.
It is a gift for you to appreciate you.