Yoga is for everyone and we’re glad that people (AKA the internets) are finally starting to take notice. This recent post from magical listicle site BuzzFeed highlights the many curvy yogis who proudly post instagram photos of themselves practicing yoga with tags like #curvyyoga.* Bravo, ladies. And bravo Buzzies for pointing to the powerful positive body image and acceptance movement happening in yoga right now.
The poses aren’t all captioned correctly by the post’s author, but that’s besides the point so we’ll go ahead and let that slide. However, we do wish they would have referenced Anna Guest-Jelley’s Curvy Yoga (which some of the instagrammers may have actually been tagging), or Tiina Veer’s Yoga for Round Bodies, or, especially, the Yoga and Body Image Coalition working hard to make yoga more accessible and body positive. But they didn’t. So we did.
*Other lovely hashtags were #bodypositiveyoga, #sizedoesntmatter, and #yogaforeveryone. It should also be noted that some of the ladies featured didn’t choose to use hashtags at all, but to just share their yoga, like Amber Karnes (below) who has a blog called Body Positive Yoga.
The fact that yogis of all shapes and sizes feel confident and free to post pics is great (even though we’re missing the guys!), but what’s even better is that students are finding yoga classes to be more welcoming. Some of the comments are wonderful and encouraging. We love this one from Hannah Carbaugh:
This makes me so happy. I am curvier, but love yoga. I sometimes feel out of place when I am in a room with all tall and thin women. But, the thing I love about yoga, is that sometimes, I will walk into the room and there will be people of all shapes an sizes, tall and thin, big burly men, elderly, overweight, and more! Namaste friends!
It’s not perfect, but it’s a good start for positive change. Namaste, friends.