YOGIS. This is not a regular "yoga" post, but related to Ashtanga.
I work in advertising for my day job (mornings are for yoga!). I'm a 3rd generation ad professional, and was taught from a very young age that our family helped brands sell products and a lot of what we did was aspirational and/or told consumers what they wanted to hear. It wasn't reality per se, but a version of it. As a result, my parents taught me to be an independent thinker, to always question. My dad encouraged me to be an athlete, which gave me a lot of confidence.
Let's face it, the way women are portrayed in ads isn't great, and a lot of us are negatively affected by these stereotypes. This is finally being seriously talked about in the ad industry, but undoing years of cultural appropriated abuse is a challenge.
I have been practicing Ashtanga for about 18 years. In my time, I have seen women come into the practice with all sorts of emotional damage. Some have zero confidence, others are angry, have eating disorders, substance abuse problems, have been sexually abused or are in bad relationships. The practice is HARD, but because it's 5 to 6 days a week and a lot of that is self-practice (Mysore-style), it forces everyone to confront their personal and body issues (eventually, if they stick with it). I have seen these same women leave physically strong, healthy eaters, their chin up, abandoning the binge drinking, leaving their abusive situations. They walk out as warriors.
It makes me proud to be a part of the Ashtanga community, and it's one of the primary reasons I decided to offer the practice in Hoboken.
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