i strongly disagree with Jamie. No one in Yoga Journal is "less than healthy" or "underweight." People in this country are so used to seeing fat, stagnant, cheeseburger eaters, that when they see a woman with out saddle bags, they think she has an eating disorder. YJ, continue the good work. Putting flexible beauties in your magazine is totally realistic because if you are committed to your yoga practice, you will become a flexible beauty.
I agree. The magazine used to have more realistic looking models with a previous editor. Now the only models they use appear to be just like the less than healthy underweight models the fashion world prefers. These are not the healthy, happy, well-balanced images that people of all ages, shapes and body sizes need to welcome them to the world of yoga.
I agree with Skarimari; there is a larger audience of women eager to begin a yoga practice but are intimidated by thin and flexible beauties. Yoga is about becoming flexible within, not just with one's joints and muscles. We do want all to enjoy the benifits of yoga, as it benifits the larger picture.
I have read this article attentively, because I have been practicing yoga since I was about 20 years old, and I practice it regularly. I can say that I really need yoga to live in pace and joined with my inner spirit. I have got enormous benefits of yoga specially in my health. I am now 54 years old and I feel like a 20-year man. I use yoga to rest from my working day and relax my body and mind.
THIS IS A LOVELY ARTICLE. I AM CONCERNED THAT THE ILLUSTRATIONS DO NOT SHOW AN "AVERAGE" (20 - 30 LBS. OVERWEIGHT) WOMAN DOING POSES THAT ARE ACHEIVABLE AND NOT INTIMIDATING. WE WANT TO WELCOME ALL PEOPLE TO THE INCREDIBLE BENEFIT OF PRACTISING YOGA, RIGHT?
If you look at the history of yoga most of it has been focused on men. There is nothing wrong with one article written especially for women. If this article isn't helpful for you, read one that is.
yoga is very beneficial for men as well. with consistent practice and a positive attitude you too can see changes both physical and psychologically.
I have been practising yoga regularly for a long time-not the difficult twists- but almost all stretches. still, I find that at the age of 79, I am losing my flexibility- and gaining a little weight
but still doing some elementary yoga along with stretches. I find yoga exhilarating.Trying the yoga stretches in the exercise classes.I am in Chicago.
This is all fine and dandy, but how about something
for us guys.
Age should not be a limitation in yoga. I started my practice at age 72 - now at age 77 I can enjoy my 5 minute headstand that leaves me feeling at least 20 years younger!