I love these quotes from the article: "... I finally moved into a world of what my body could do versus what my body looked like..." and "...What can your body do for you? How much does your body support everything you do? How strong are you? How capable? How sexy or beautiful do you feel from the inside?" and "...As soon as I turned my focus from how my body looked to what my body did, I immediately became happy..."
Decades ago, while watching the Bill T. Jones Dance Company, I thought about just these things. There was (and continues to be) much diversity amongst his dancers: of age, ethnicity, gender, and especially body type. All were the best of the best dancers.
Currently I practice yoga at a Baptiste Power Yoga studio. This includes a rigorous asana practice. I've been athletic for much of my life and I find this practice demanding as well as deep. Here, too, I find diversity in age and body type. Wow! What our bodies can do - it's limitless. How deep and profound one's practice can become is most certainly limitless. Looking to this wide range of very able bodies, I realize that I, too, am included in potential and possibility. Thanks for linking to the article.
Personally, I have never, ever fit the ideal shape/size/height for this long, lean, graceful (YOUNG) fictitious ideal (for women) ... these stereotypes are - not so unlike high fashion modeling (a close cousin of yogawear modeling, I am sure) - hitting the big "payoff" in the genetic lottery pool ...
Lesser artists borrow, great artists steal.
- Igor Stravinsky
Find a way.
(Said after swimming from Cuba to Key West without fins or shark cages)
Possibly only for the commercial supermodeling of yoga clothes, if that:
Possibly only for demo-ing at a highly hyped and commercialized Yoga Journal big conference ....
The rest is *maya*, which is Sanskrit for illusion ...
from the article by Mother Nature Network's Lauren Walker--
"It is nearly impossible to be unaffected by the culture in which we live. Even if youíre a forward-thinking free spirit, free in your mind, you are steeped in the culture around you. Like a teabag in a cup of hot water, you canít stop your environment from seeping in. But the truth is, you can start to free yourself a little from the insanity. This is where yoga comes in. Yoga is about many things, and one of them is separating your mind from clinging to what it perceives as reality.
In olden days being thin was a sign of poverty, and the painters (the old-fashioned media) depicted women of girth and curve as our cultural beauty figures.
Today, we get so many negative messages about a bit of extra flesh that some people wonít even enter a yoga studio, let alone commit to a serious practice, because they think they are "too big."
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