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“I have become strong and resilient, as is the case of almost every human being exposed to life and to the world.” ~ Isabel Allende
Photos and discussion via Reddit/r/yoga and Imgur: “Luba Shumeyko Yoga – Shot by Husband Petter Hegre. Stunning. NSFW (imgur.com)
“Comparison is the thief of joy.” ~ Theodore Roosevelt
I don’t usually share nudity, here, but this one has been…challenging. And in a world full of positivity (shut out the negative) vs. negativity (shut out the love)…the room for us to examine what might fall somewhere in the middle has been reduced. Let’s bring it back.
We can appreciate her alignment, or see where it may be off—either way this can reinspire our own practice. But perhaps most challengingly, we can use these photos to bear witness to our emotions: desire, or judgment, whatever they may be. And we can let it go, and ride the present moment via our breath. We can bring it, and ourselves, naked (we are always naked, beneath our clothes), as we are, to the mat.
The three top comments on Reddit’s yoga community:
Does it bother anybody else that so many comments attempt to marginalize her based on their opinion of her weight?
How is that any different than marginalizing someone who is overweight?
She appears to be well within a healthy weight range and her body, far from looking anorexic or overly thin, appears and likely is very strong (based on the poses she is in).
I couldn’t agree more. I’m tallish and skinny and I’ve definitely been bullied for my weight. Being called anorexic or told that your body is unattractive or that you should eat a burger because “real women have curves!” is really hurtful. And then if you try to talk about it, you get brushed off because it’s not a “real” problem.
Yea I’ve witnessed it before, and I see it on the internet and reddit all the time and it always really irks me.
It just smacks of people making others feel bad so they can feel better about themselves.
Relephant Bonus: Elephant goes to Yoga Journal conference in the Rockies:
The future of Yoga: a discussion with the new editor-in-chief of Yoga Journal:
Cutting Yoga BS:
Let’s close Club Yoga at Wanderlust:
Enlightening our Sexuality:
“Each body is a universe, as good a universe as you could conceive.” ~ Swami Amar Jyoti
For more: Relephant articles:
Bonus: True yoga has a way of undercutting all the bullsh*t…while leading us to true happiness. Finally:
Bonus: Photos of the Female Form Dressed Only in Light (NSFW)
Some more by the artist, Dani Olivier: link