Photo of featuring Jessamyn Stanley
As the debate continues over Instagram photos of vibrant yogis in various positions, I must say that each photo is beautiful in its own way. I admire that many can perform AcroYoga feats with their slender bodies, even if I can only imagine looking the same in my dreams.
The problem is not the Instagram photos, but how we view ourselves. I know when I step into the classroom I am not the strongest, most balanced or skinniest. But I am there for the purpose to sweat it out and realign my core.
When practicing, I am attuned to the voice of the instructor and attempt to push myself a little further in my practice. I am usually not aware what is going on around me, because I am more focused on improving my breath and maintaining my balance.
On the odd occasion when I do look up from my bubble, I see such diversity of energy, bodies, and skill all working in sync in that one classroom. It is one of the many things that makes yoga such a beautiful practice for me. It is the delicate balance of working on the present moment and enjoying the beauty that surrounds us.
So as one person rants about Instagram photos being close to “porn” and turning them off altogether from this delicate practice, I am willing to be open and say, “that's your choice.”
However, I believe if a yogi feels beautiful in a pose and wants to snap a photo, she should go for it. Why not? Yoga is what you make of it. What I would love to see is more diverse images of people practising yoga, images of all shapes and sizes, because there's beauty in every yogi.