Not too long ago I noticed a trend on some of the yoga fb pages I “like”. Pictures of young handsome studly men would pop up with the tagline “Real Men Do Yoga”, with obvious implications.
These pictures reinforce the media enforced notion that any body type that doesn’t have that “hot” look isn’t perhaps worthy of an “ooh” or an “ahh” and thus wouldn’t lure people to yoga or any other activity.
But how many people actually walk around with airbrushed appearances. Not many. The greater truth, beyond physical appearance, is that Real Women and Real Men DO YOGA. Yoga is for EVERY BODY.
I am a real woman and I DO yoga. What does a real woman look like? What do I look like?
*I have insecurities, doubts, fears
*I have intensely engaging eyes that reveal the strength and truth of my spirit
*I have a body that’s larger than some and smaller than others
*Sometimes I feel sad; sometimes I feel happy
*Most of my weight is in my abdomen; I don’t much like that, but I’m working on it
*I love what this body can do at this moment, at this size: yoga, cycling, hiking and soooo much more
This Real Woman does yoga, does life wherever she goes. On a recent trip to Texas I decided to compose a series of shots of me doing yoga poses on the go. This will be the start of a continuing pictorial series, which I will title “Yoga is for EVERY BODY”.
This means Yoga is for YOUR BODY. It doesn’t matter if your short, tall, wide narrow—none of that matters. IF you can breathe you can DO YOGA! If I can do it, you can do it. If you think you can’t, then take a look a look my Texas yoga pictures and you’ll know you can.
Yoga, at its, core isn’t about your body type or size, it’s about healing you from the inside out. It’s about creating the life you want from a place of strength, from a place of knowing. It’s finding the strength and beauty within to formulate the life you DESERVE. Don’t accept less from yourself. You deserve the best.
Yoga is helping to heal me from the inside out. Before I started Bikram I NEVER would have imagined that I could or even would willingly allow this body to be seen doing yoga poses. I based my self-worth on my physical size. I’m learning not to do that. I’m learning to see the beauty in me as I am now, and that’s really all that matters because all any of us has is now.
Celebrate your NOW! Do YOUR YOGA!! And remember………
Yoga is for EVERY BODY
Real Women DO yoga
(here are a few pics to get the show on the road. more will be posted when time allows.)