Stand your ground. Resist. The future of yoga is in your hands. Every student of yoga bears the responsibility of holding the torch of this sacred practice with integrity. If you’ve experienced peace, transformation or healing through yoga, it’s because the purity of the practice touched you, because a teacher invested in you, and because you put in the work of practice. Yoga means something because the heart of this practice is the essence of the human spirit itself—limitless and eternal, filled with light and love. Yoga means so much to so many people because of its purity. Yoga has spread across the world because people are in search of something authentic and true, something real and unfiltered. So when big companies make a ploy to steal the heart of yoga right from under your mat, you have to brace yourself for what may be the fight of your life. Yoga has to stand for something more than slimming, bum-lifting, no-more-muffin-top leggings. Not that you shouldn’t buy and wear and enjoy the clothes you love. I certainly do, but that yoga is so much more than just the clothes and the perfect image around the clothes. I’m a real person, not a goddess, I have feelings, along with good days and bad. My size and shape have been talked about in positive and negative terms, my cellulite (yes I have it) highlighted and my stomach rolls questioned (why don’t you have a six pack?). Say what you want about my body or my appearance, this practice is actually about the inner experience. It’s about the slow, subtle shift that opens your heart, the awakening that opens your eyes to the truth and the strengthening that gives your soul the steel it needs to never give up. Be strong. Yoga needs you to give back. Align yourself with the world you want to live in. Vote with your attention and your dollars. Stay engaged with people and teachers you love. Support companies that are run by yogis for yogis. Be strong. If we stand together, if we fight the good fight, no one will ever conquer us, claim us, or own us. We’ll be free and that is the real goal of yoga—liberation.
Day 5 #UpsideDownIsComingToTown is Plank Pose with @upsidedownmama on @omstarsofficial 🌟