Like a standardized test
Makes some yogis feel
Like they’re worse than the rest
And if “one-size-fits-all”
Where’s the yoga for all?
I say, just find the practice
That fits YOU the best ️ . .
An Accessible Yoga Limerick.️ I’ve been thinking a lot about how we, the western yogis, got to where we are after taking @caseyyoga ’s recommendation and listening to the @30for30 Podcast on Bikram Choudhury. The man has done some blatantly heinous things, but one of his more insidious acts was to present yoga as a standardized practice. He and his teachers only taught ONE series of 26 poses to each of the millions of yogis that walked through their doors, no matter who those yogis were or what was going on with them, because he wanted to commodify and spread his style of teaching. .
I fully believe that this is— at least partially— responsible for the westernized, fitness-and-asana-ized, standardized, corporatized yoga culture we’re living in right now. And I’m not for it. I want you to practice like you’re shopping for the coziest sweater and keep exploring until you find exactly what feels right to you. It’ll look different on everyone. .
On that note, here are my days 3, 4, and 5 of #HollysHandstands . I put all three handstand shapes into a sequence on the wall, because that’s what works for me. My size fits me, your size fits you. If yoga was a one-size-fits-all thing, what a sad and lonely world this would be. Cheers to the diverse beauty of this multilayered, eight-limbed practice, and happy Friday. 🏼 . .
PS: This song is “Titanium” by @oxelasun , my brother. I bought him for Instagram , and you can check out his SoundCloud for more of this goodness. // Challenge hosts & sponsors: @upsidedownmama @upsidedowntutorials @umstuff @peoplehelpingplanet - 6 hours ago