I recently read, The Invisible Glass Ceiling of Yoga: Body Positivity and the Future of Western Yoga, by Jessamyn Stanley.
It really hit home with me as a young woman growing up in a culture where body image is a huge factor in everything - jobs, family, relationships...
I still remember being teased for being a chubby child. I remember being teased about my second toe, the one that is longer than the big toe. I remember being called, “thick.”
I remember being injured, taking time off teaching and practicing, and being told, "Yeah. It shows,” or "You used to be thin."
Although it does not happen that often I do recall more than one conversation with individuals expressing disappointment with teachers' inability to perform advanced asanas or about teachers' body types.
It’s extremely disheartening to hear.
I am extremely grateful for having come across this article; it’s nice to see that teachers are speaking up about discrimination in the industry.
One of my students stopped me on the way out, after teaching my Saturday mid-morning class.
“You know that pose. [He demonstrated.] Pyramid.”
“Yes. That’s pyramid.”
“My legs are really tight, but on Thursday morning’s class, that was the first time I’ve ever been able to do pyramid and actually touch my toes. It was all because of you.”
I smiled, “Nice. But it’s not me; you’re the one doing the work, I’m just there if someone needs me.”
It’s going to be a great day :)
“God puts rainbows in the clouds so that each of us - in the dreariest and most dreaded moments - can see a possibility of hope.”― Maya Angelou
“It is easy to hate and it is difficult to love. This is how the whole scheme of things works. All good things are difficult to achieve; and bad things are very easy to get. ”― Confucius
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