Kat de Naoum | Contributing Writer | Wednesday, 2 March 2016

21 Instagram Images that Defy Yoga Body Stereotypes

21 Instagram Images that Defy Yoga Body Stereotypes

The Debrief: Do you feel that you don’t have a yoga body? These 21 inspiring women supporting the #myyogabody movement will show you otherwise.

Once in a while, an Instagram hashtag like #myyogabody will come along making us triumphantly flip the bird to all the stereotypes about what we "should" look like. We teamed up with Lots of Yoga to bring you these 21 inspiring women who are proudly defying all those "yoga body" stereotypes.

1. 'You never know what strong is until strong is your only option.'

2. 'There is nothing more rare, nor more beautiful, then a woman being unapologetically herself; comfortable in her perfect imperfection. To me, that is the true essence of beauty.' - Steve Mariboli

 

3. 'Loving your body only when its in perfect shape, is like loving your kids ONLY when they're well behaved.'

4. 'This morning I woke up with one thought... #NoExcuses.'

 

6. 'I [do] all the 'do not do this' parts... But hey, we learn from our mistakes, right?'

 

What else can be more forfilling on a Sunday night than playing around with #handstandwithjohnny □□□□□□□ Thank you Johnny for all those tips. I have done all the " do not do this " parts □□ . But hey, we learn from our mistakes, right? Felt so good to manage this at the end of my practice □⭐️□ Wishing you all a fantastic night! do the tagged handsome yogis want to #sdy and show some #nightyoga ? . #practicepracticepractice #yogainspiration #handstand #practicenotperfection #igyoga #strength #crazysexyyoga #yogini #ilovehandstands #iloveyoga #handstandchallenge #myyogabody #myyogalife #myyogajourney #instapic #instayoga #sundayyoga #getfit #yogastrong #onehandedhandstand #omshanti

A photo posted by Karina Natascha □✨ (@yogatramp) on Feb 7, 2016 at 12:03pm PST

 

7. 'Your curves are beautiful and those stretch marks are your story... Own that!'

8. 'You don't have to learn how to love yourself. You just have to remember that there was nothing wrong with you to begin with.'

9. 'Study me as much as you like, you will not know me, for I differ in a hundred ways from what you see me to be.' - Rumi

10. 'Did it at work 'cause #thuglife.'

 11. 'How's your #buttbalance?'

 

12. 'I didn't want to do this today because I feel bloated and I'm not having a great hair day. But then I saw all these beautiful women and words of love about their bodies. So fuck it.' 

 

I have been tagged by two very gorgeous and extremely inspirational women @casa_colibri and @hollapop to share a picture and statement for the #MyBodyMovement To be honest, I didn't want to do this today because I feel bloated and I'm not having a great hair day. But then I saw all these beautiful women and amazing amazing words of wisdom and love about their bodies. So fuck it. I love my body because it is flexible and allows to extend that flexibility past my physical body and into my emotional and mental states as well. My body is strong and allows me to come to my practice every day, to push my limits, and support me through all I ask of it. My body is fueled on a mostly vegetarian diet, and with the help of some wonderful yogis, turning into a vegan diet. I eat for energy and to give my body the best bank for its buck, and sometimes I pig out and go all dessert crazy □ and that's okay because I am allowed to have indulgences, which I no longer feel guilty about. My body is a producer of life, of love, and of light. I used to be extremely critical of the way I looked, always wanting bigger boobs, tinier waist, longer legs. But I have learned to love my body for what it is. A powerhouse, a liquid spine, a positive home for my heart and soul. I got the booty, I have the heart, I hold the passion; my body is unique, beautiful, and strong. And so is YOURS. Passing this wonderful movement on to the tagged people. Share what makes your body beautiful, unique, and amazing.

A photo posted by The Pixie (@kjyoga14) on Jan 26, 2016 at 12:12pm PST

13. 'I was going to chicken out on this as I'm still not comfortable upside down, but...after 4 days of inner turmoil, here it is.'

 

February 13, 2016: Scorpion. I was going to chicken out on this as I'm still not comfortable upside down and I'm still only doing supported handstands...but...after 4 days of inner turmoil, here it it: Supported scorpion. #InLovewithYoga2016 February is the month of love. There is no better time to get back to loving ourselves by falling in love with yoga. @lorenlotus and @kellypenderyoga will be holding space for you from February 1st - 14th to ignite our heart chakras through various chest & heart openers. The Anahata Chakra is our heart center, our communication of love. When we want to connect back to ourselves, back to self love, back to our center, our being...we connect to the Anahata Chakra. During these 14 days of love, we invite you to ignite your heart chakra through various asanas. This is your practice so please feel free to add in any variation or modification that speaks to you each day. We cannot wait to be a part of this loving, heart awakening journey with all of you! - We are so grateful to be joining our sponsor @altaregoapparel who will be providing a pair of their gorgeous leggings to one lovely yogi! - Follow our generous sponsor and your hosts for our variations! - Repost this photo to spread the love! - Remember to tag InLovewithYoga2016 and tag your hosts @kellypenderyoga @lorenlotus and our wonderful sponsor @alteregoapparel #beginneryoga #beginneryogaposes #curvyyoga #curvywomen #fitnessmotivation #igyoga #igyogafamily #igyogachallenge #leggings #lovewithin #loveyourbody #leggingsarepants #plussizeyoga #weightlossjourney #weightlossmotivation #yogamom #yoga2016 #yogapose #yogajourney #yogabeginner #mybodymovement #bodypositive #vsg #vsginstacrew #wls #wlstransformation #wildmovements #sunsetsailboat

A photo posted by Tanya (@yogafromday1) on Feb 16, 2016 at 12:49pm PST

 

14. 'As a woman, sometimes it seems like we're set up for failure. Growing up, I was incredibly insecure. Once I started loving the person I was, I started loving [my body] and started appreciating it for the first time.'

 

I was tagged to participate in the #MyBodyMovement ✨ As a woman, sometimes it seems like we're set up for failure. Look at any form of media and there are immediately societal expectations being forced upon us. Growing up, I was incredibly insecure. I suffered from acne and had horrible self esteem due to things in my childhood and home life. Without anyone giving me positivity at home, I sought others for validation. BUT, I stopped and I took control of my life. Once I graduated and moved across the country, I realized my WORTH was extremely valuable and it was no way linked to the physical. Once I started loving the person I was, I started loving the vessel I was blessed with and started APPRECIATING it for the first time. I love my hips which give me a figure and make me feel like woman, something I used to hate. I love my eyes because they get to stare into my daughter's, who shares the same color as mine. I love the strength and power of my body...it can withstand a lot! I created life within my body which is an absolute miracle. I love my body for going through everything I've done to it and still being more strong and resilient than ever! I think all bodies are beautiful and, as a mother, it's so important to promote self-love and acceptance to the next generation so that they learn that each person is unique and has something special and beautiful to share with the world! So THANK YOU @bmovedyoga for tagging me to spread the word! □□ #mybody #selflove #confidence #outdooryogi #spreadlove #bethechangeyouwishtosee #namaste #warriorone

A photo posted by □❤ Hilary ❤️□ (@yogi_in_the_pines) on Feb 2, 2016 at 5:45pm PST

 

15. 'Uh. Guys I did a handstand. Major fear barrier breakthrough.' 

 

16. '6am yoga before a busy day at the university... #nevergiveup.'

 

17. 'In all of its glory, with all of its fat, and all of its stretch-marks... Everyday I get on my mat with amazement of what my body can do, with the shapes it can make, with the the power it holds.'

 

18. 'I still struggle with my new body, but I am coming to terms with it through yoga and the daily reminders that my new body is what it is because I survived through many battles.'

 

 

I was tagged by @natashaswinter & @sharasklar to participate in the #mybodymovement #bodylove project, which I had been crossing my fingers no one would tag me for. The last time I was tagged for #myyogabody, I just pretended I didn't see the tags lol. So anyway: I chose this picture instead of a video because it's the most recent of thousands that I chose not to post because I looked "too fat" and because if you look closely, there is a millimeter of my belly hanging out □□□!! I was tiny most of my life, under 5 ft tall and under 100 pounds. Since that time, I have had four babies and about three years of self-pity after my mom was killed in 2006. One day I turned around and realized that I was fat.... which added self-hate to my self-pity. I still struggle with my new body, but I am coming to terms with it through yoga and the daily reminders that my new body is what it is because I survived through many battles and because I was chosen by God to be his vessel through which four unbelievably amazing people entered the world for me to have the privilege of guiding through life!! Now nominating @okieyogi84, @goplantyourself, & @malea_yogia to share what you love about your bodies!!! (#mybodymovement @casa_colibri @coffeeandrainbows @upsidedownmama @natashaswinter) Leggings□: @myinnerfire #lotusleggings Discount□: KARLYP (15% off at myinnerfire.com) #MyInnerFire #InnerFireLuminary □□□□□□□□□□□□□□□ #yogalove #yogalife #yogaplay #yogafun #igyoga #igfit #outdooryoga #outdooryogis #natureyoga #ayearofyoga2016 #chickasawyoga #chickasawnation #yogaart #yogaaddict #yogamom #happyyogini #yogaphotography #onebreathatatime #benddontbreak #back2it #bendlikeaboss #igyoga #igfit

A photo posted by Karly Lou Philips (@karlylouphilips) on Jan 27, 2016 at 12:25pm PST

 

19. 'Your life is your message to the world. Make sure it's inspiring.'

20. 'What screws us up most in life is the picture in our head of how it is supposed to be. [This is] what it looks like to be a stage 3 ovarian cancer survivor.'

 

 

What it looks like to be a stage 3 ovarian cancer survivor. #since2002 #grateful #myyogabody

A photo posted by Audrey DeLong (@audreydlong) on Apr 20, 2015 at 9:23am PDT

 21. 'I have [doubted] my body, its beauty, its appearance. I don't mind the scars from the 2 ostomy surgeries I begged for that saved my life. I wear them proudly... This body is strong and can practice yoga... That puts it all into perspective.'

 

I was tagged by the inspiring @erica_whitman to join the #myyogabody movement, and this #ostomate couldn't resist. My body has been to hell and back since the day I was born with a crooked pelvis that led to Pelvic Floor Dysfunction. Years of constipation paralyzed my digestive tract from the bottom up, leaving me with an incredibly slow stomach aka gastroparesis, which makes eating and drinking very difficult and can cause my stomach to bloat up like I'm 8 months pregnant. I'll feel fill after just a couple bites of food, get nauseous but keep it down because throwing up scares the crap out of me. The stomach problems and chronic muscle tension I have have made me doubt my body, it's beauty, it's appearance. Isn't it weird I'm more self-conscious about showing you all my stomach than my #ileostomy Marvin? I don't mind the scars from the 2 #ostomy surgeries I begged for that saved my life. I wear them proudly, just like I'm showing Marvin proudly to all of you. He's my savior and even though we still have our struggles because it took too long to convince doctors what my gut knew would heal me, I love him and he loves yoga. This challenge came at the perfect time for me because I've had so much self-doubt lately, shaming my body...gastroparesis can make you feel 200lbs when you're barely 100lbs. But then I remember, this body has survived 2 major body-altering surgeries, multiple ER visits, 5 hospital stays, years of torture trying different meds and treatments that didn't work...Most of all, this body is strong, can practice yoga, can do fun arm balances, backbends, and my beloved handstands. That puts it all into perspective. Thank you body, I love you! I'm now tagging @ashleyrenae73 @love_wanderlust02 @yulady to join this amazing movement of strong yogis. Just use the hashtag #myyogabody and tag 3 friends to join. #ostomyyogi #livingwithanostomy #myyogalife #igyoga #yoga #yogainspiration #loveyourbody #yogiselflove #yogisofinstagram #getyourbellyout #gutlessandglamorous #stoma #loveyourself #loveandalliscoming #yogini #yogagirl #igyogafamily #igyogacommunity #yogamedicine #yogaheals #loveyoga #yogalove #iloveyoga #aimtrue #ostomates #ostomyselfie

A photo posted by Katie Schroeder (@stomiyogi) on Apr 18, 2015 at 11:16am PDT

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