If every body is a yoga body why do some bodies still feel left out? Yoga is evolving to become more accessible and welcoming to everybody and their body type—hallelujah!—but the skinny stigma still clings like a sweaty sports bra thanks to most of the media we see. And so it makes us happy to find videos like this one from Buzzfeed featuring three gals sharing their very valid and honest apprehensions about practicing yoga, and then going ahead and giving it a try.
“I think me and a lot of plus-size women end up exercising alone.”
As much as we wish it weren’t the case, the yoga world can still feel like an exclusionary and judgmental place, as is true with many other movement and exercise disciplines. Yoga, with its unifying principles, should be different, right?
But there’s also a stigma that larger bodies can’t do yoga. This is thankfully being totally blasted with the help of individuals changing the image of yoga on social media, programs like Curvy Yoga and Yogasteya, and collectives like My Real Yoga Body and the Yoga and Body Image Coalition challenging what a yogi looks like.
In this video, Valerie Sagun (aka @biggalyoga) leads a yoga class focusing on santosha (in brief: contentment) and geared towards the hesitant newbies.
The result? Stereotypes smashed. But you knew that.
People may still feel excluded from yoga, and maybe we’re not quite as inclusive as we’d like to think we are (we=the yoga world as a whole) but the good news is, we’re getting closer.
“My body doesn’t have to look like your body.”
If you’ve been thinking about practicing yoga, we hope this will inspire you to try it out.