Got a very nice comment to my last photo saying that it is "refreshing to see someone closer to my size posting yoga stuff" 😃
I took this as a real and beautiful compliment and I am happy if even one person sees my posts and gets more confidence to practice yoga... to embrace their practice and their body without having to consider themselves worse off than anyone else.
I grew up in Romania, an Eastern European country that, more than anything, puts emphasis on women being extremely skinny and frail. Many of my friends have suffered from what the West would call eating disorders but here would only called "watching your weight"...
My body is nevertheless not built in the frail-frame and, to be honest, I never did the starving game, regardless of the pressure I was surrounded with.
Nevertheless, when it came to identification, there were very few to none women in my immediate surroundings that I could identify with. So for me having famous identification models was a relief. Having women like Beyonce and JLo in the media growing up, even though it might seem funny to say this, for me was a big relief. I am not Latin or African-American but this did not make a difference, I was seeing my body type on TV and suddenly I was very proud of it and comfortable in my own body.
I am not saying this as a sob childhood story, but as an encouragement for all the people that nowadays have the opportunity to reach so many other people through social media. Somewhere in the world, there is someone with your body type, practice level, health challenge or beauty characteristics that will be happy to come across someone that is similar to them.
So don't give in to the fear of perfection, don't be paralysed by models that seem unreachable, don't hide your beauty away because it does not match a trend or not even your immediate surroundings.
Share who you are, share your practice, share your body, share your mind and your soul with the others and love yourself for it. Someone out there is waiting for you to make the first step! 💜🙏🌸💜
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