Part Three: Body Image and the Western Yoga Community from Global Mind Body.
“One’s first trip to a yoga studio can be an intimidating affair that leaves some feeling like the elephant in the room… literally. It doesn’t help when we’re constantly bombarded with images of skinny yogis in impossible poses, usually on a beach at sunset and often accompanied by an uplifting caption. Intentional or not, for many people, that caption translates as, “you’re too fat for yoga!”
Here’s the ironic bit: yoga has almost nothing to do with the size or shape of your body. Can you breathe? Congratulations! You are fully qualified to practice yoga.”