Instagram has completely changed my yoga practice. And I have my friend Katie to thank for it. While she has now become a yoga instructor herself, this was not the case when she first turned me on to the world of Instagram yoga it was by inviting me to join her in a challenge. We were just two friends who liked yoga and this was going to be a way for us to connect from NYC to San Francisco. Hosted by two master yogis, Kerri Verna and Kino MacGregor introduced me to postures (and versions of yoga) that I had never seen before, let alone attempted.
Following them and participating in the challenges – not just posting photos but interacting with other people who were also doing the challenge – was so inviting. Not only would the participants help each other out – either with a kind word or a tip on an asana that seemed out of reach – more established yogis did as well. I was thrilled when yogis who I admired commented on my photos.
One thing that has always frustrated me is when people assume that I am able to practice yoga because I am naturally flexible or, perhaps, skinnier than the person I am talking to. More than anything, the thing I love about yoga on Instagram is all the beautiful women who are breaking that myth. I follow women who are nothing like what society’s idea of what a yogi should be and yet they put my practice to shame!
Sadly, as with all social media platforms, there are people out there who like to put others down. Some yogis because they are too thin and are “showing off” others because they are too fat and aren’t “fooling anyone” and then – the strangest of all – the people who somehow feel they are the yoga police – dictating what is and isn’t “real” yoga,
Thankfully, that is the minority. For the most part, I have felt nothing but love and support from the Instagram yoga community. There is NO WAY I would be headed off to yoga teacher training at the beginning of next month were it not for my being able to really understand how much I LOVE yoga via my sharing it with others on the interwebs.
So thank you social media, for showing me a path to my true self.