Yoga selfies: take ’em or leave ’em, or have another person take ’em (is it still considered a ‘selfie,’ then?). The NY Post has a piece today on the Insta-trend with some quotes from rebel Yogi-in-a-box, Tara Stiles, as well as YD Editor-in-Chieftess, JLHC, and Roseanne Harvey from It’s All Yoga, Baby, among others. It’s an interesting conversation to be had whether you sit with the selfie-ers of the selfie-nots, especially in light of yesterday’s events and the tech-centric, quick fix culture that we live in.
YD has posted on both the negatives and positives of yoga selfies — it’s not exactly black and white — but we somehow end up playing the antagonist in articles like this. It’s OK, we’ll take it on. Someone has to be the voice of reason. Kidding! All opinions are valid in this wild and crazy smarty-picture-taking-phone, yoga-pose-lovin’ world we live in. Yoga can be cool and fun, no?
But are selfies undoing the fabric of our very yoga foundations? Probably not. Yoga lives on with us no matter what. But the incessant posting of fancy pose pics can get pretty gosh darn annoying, can’t they? One might start to wonder the intention and validity behind the “yoga anywhere” idea when one is posing in a single-armed handstand atop the Empire State Building in December in a bikini. #nofilter. Times that by 1000 and the millions a picture on the internet can reach. That might be the exact thing someone would need to point to when they say they’re not flexible or fit enough to try yoga. (Nonsense!) The other argument against selfies is that they’re dangerously misleading to someone new to the practice in terms of alignment and personal body safety.
On the other hand, the selfie can be seen as a form of empowerment. When inundated by images of what we’re told and what we think yoga should look like and be (see How Yoga Can Make Things Better. And Worse.) putting our own images out there can help flood the system and maybe, just maybe, squash the stereotype and flip the script, making real change in how many (outsiders, newbs and veterans alike) view the practice. The My Real Yoga Body project is seeking to do just that. Inspire rather than intimidate. The same with Roseanne’s “awkward selfie” project. One might even say our cat #savasanagram-s are inspiring feline practitioners everywhere to take extra time in corpse pose.
All of this was said in conversation with the journalist (minus the cat talk), but we understand the need for quotes from people on all sides. We just happen to be the… rebels? Naw, that doesn’t sound right.
Really, though. Enough from us. We’d love for you to read the piece and let us know what you think about it all. Let’s continue the conversation in the comments!