I subscribe to the Yoga Journal magazine, and I must be honest here and let you know that it looks more like a fashion magazine and Bally’s commercial than a journal about yoga.
Because I come away feeling pressured to be younger, skinnier and more beautiful. There can be some great articles in between a bunch of marketing telling me to:
as you give to the world
you can do it
…. and relax!
It feels exhausting being around this vata energy and targeted marketing.
Don’t get me going about yoga clothes either … I’m looking for clothes that fit and feel comfortable and don’t fall over my head in downward facing dog! Pink neon pants … really?
In my 30’s and 40’s I really wanted to be fit and awesome and now I know that what we all yearn for is to feel centered and accepting of ourselves.
A part of me understands that it’s connected with the stage of adult life that we find ourselves in. Yet the message of what yoga is really about is being lost.
Yoga isn’t about postures, fitness and looking good.
It is a spiritual path that brings our attention inwards in order to awaken to our true Self. Its about bringing alignment and a strong foundation into our lives… and yes, our bodies too ;)
It feels wonderful and empowering to find this place without competition, looks, accessories and being seen … just to accept ourselves fully and find peace within. There is a lot of love here.
And to those of you who don’t get it yet, I know it may seem like being old and boring, but to me its pretty darn cool.