You’re probably crazy busy trying to juggle yoga classes in your schedule, taking longer lunch breaks or leaving early to get to class on time. Along the way, you probably wonder whether you’ve fully immersed yourself in the yoga world. Are you a yogi yet if you’ve only been to a few classes, yet fully enjoyed each experience? Even more so, does your feminist brain translate in yoga land?
More importantly, how does feminism have anything to do with yoga? You might be a feminist yogi if…
1. You Don’t Judge People’s Clothes in Class
If you don’t feel repulsed by a girl wearing short shorts and going into three legged dog in front of your face, or a man doing the same thing, chances are, you’re a feminist yogi. You also don’t scoff that there’s only one man in your yoga class of twenty women. You embrace other people’s form of expression and even compliment them on their choice of clothing.
2. You Know There Are Flaws in Modern Yoga
You understand that much of what is taught in your yoga class is culturally appropriated. It is disrespectful when an Om symbol is asked to be acknowledged yet hung the wrong way. You know men who say yoga is “only for women” don’t understand the history of yoga and that it was originally practiced only by men. If you’re a yogi seeking training programs, you’re looking specifically for those that are more comprehensive, rather than just asana-based, because you know the practice of yoga is more than just physical.
3. You Don’t Criticize What Others Eat
Yes, there is a creed of being vegetarian as a yogi in the ancient Hindu texts, but only you know what’s right for your body. If you are a vegetarian yogi, you don’t judge others based on their food choices and understand not all bodies are made equally. If you do see a problem with how others approach their food, you talk with them mindfully and respectfully.
4. You Wish There Were More Diverse Yogis
Regardless of whether you’re a yoga teacher or student, you wish there were more diverse teachers. Teachers who have studied in India or other places around the world. Teachers who are black, Asian, or Latina. Teachers from different backgrounds with completely unique perspectives that can help you grow as a yogi.
5. You Accept The Fact That Yoga Is Not For Everyone
You do not force your roommates to join you when you start sun salutations in your living room. You do not chastise your grandmother when she says she’s too old to try yoga. You do not shame them for not wanting to participate. You defend the practice of yoga by letting others come to this practice on their own.
What do you think: are you a feminist yogi too?
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