Revolution is afoot! In actuality, it’s happening all the time – evolve and revolve – but as we approach a new dawn in the era of modern day yoga, the spirited yogadorks have spoken and are moved to unite in peaceful protest. Against what? And whom? Why, the powers that be. YD pal and intrepid yogi/blogger Nancy Alder unleashed a can of passion punch in objection to Yoga Journal‘s consistent representation of “model-type” yogis on their covers and failure to publish Anna Guest-Jelley’s Curvy Yoga Proclamation letter to the editor* in response to an article on diet and body. (*this may still be a possibility, as mags are not blogs and can be a bit sluggish on the uptake).
Via Nancy’s blog #365yoga: Day43 Fight the Power:
It is a shame that Yoga Journal can’t seem to get a grip on this reality and promote some yoga that can rock the local yokels and not just those of us who want to go to study with the teachers on the cover. It’s horrid that they publish articles about body and weight and yet ignore the folks like Anna who intelligently point this out. I’m tired of it and I’m ready to fight. I’m not famous, nor a Yoga Journal cover model, but I am a yoga teacher and person.
This man on the cover of YJ after 8 years seems like a big deal – we’re excited to see everyone find yoga accessible in their lives, even dudes! (sarcasm) – but if we’re gonna go there, let’s keep going. Lucky for us, Yoga Journal has a cover model talent search competition! And we implore you all to enter.
The official guidelines:
Make sure we can see your whole body in the frame.
Show us your face, if possible.
Wear something form-fitting and bright, so that you stand out from the background.
Show off a pose you’ve mastered, rather than something more advanced that you can just barely do. (Great alignment impresses us more than difficulty.)
Uh, so you’re saying no kala bhairavasana attempts in our goth garb? Yes, they still would like a shiny happy yogi, but there’s a catch. It’s readers’ choice! Which means we can all VOTE for the winner! Sort of. Official rules state: “Of the top five finalists with the most reader votes, Yoga Journal’s editorial team will choose a grand prize winner and model based on skill of pose, alignment, creativity of written answer, personality and suitability for Yoga Journal.” Eh…
Not surprising. Still we’re cheering for the top 5 spots, so get your asana on and submit by March 29th. Voting begins March 30th.
Time to represent. Let’s celebrate all the yogis out there. YogaDawg‘s already in!
Let us know if you submit your photo so we can keep an eye out for you!
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