This is a beautiful photo. Taken of me, by the talented Kelleidoscope Photography, at sunrise, on the beach down the street. My greatest reservation about posting a photo like this is that someone might see this and think "good for her, but my life doesn't look like that, I don't look like that, Yoga is only for a select group of white, flexible females chanting Namaste." Unfortunately the yoga industry is packed with triggering images. White female, yoga pose, beach, often minimal clothing, often no curves. What is also unfortunate, is that so many yoga teachers feel like they are under such pressure to be this ultra-calm, blissed out, perfect being that does no wrong...that just meditates with no struggle and drinks wheat grass shots for dinner. "Look like me, act like me, and maybe someday you're life will be just as good as mine"..(just make sure you buy this green juice plan, Alo leggings and the $150mat) 🙄🙄 I call Bullshit.
Yoga is accessible to every single person because yoga is a SPIRITUAL practice. One of my favorite teachers Jessamyn Stanley writes about this in her book and explains that if you take a yoga class and they separate the spiritual from the physical...then you are just taking a fitness class and adding the word "Namaste" at the end. You are just working out in yoga pants.
You have a spirit. You have an opportunity to find space in your life and look at your shit. We all have it. In my personal experience, I gravitate towards the teachers who aren't afraid to share their struggles because it allows me to accept mine. I don't feel that I have to look, act or be anybody else except who I am.
I love this photo because it looks like I am welcoming the sun. Embracing the light. It took me a really, really long time to see that I deserve it. Years of codependency, comparison, low self worth. Maybe people wouldn't know that by looking at this picture or by viewing my life through social media, but now is a pretty great time to change that. I love who I am: the yogi, the hot mess, the human. Let's stop striving for perfection and start embracing our humanity. If we all were MEANT to be perfect, then we wouldn't be blessed with such beautiful flaws.