You post your favorite yoga selfie on Instagram, and the comments are overwhelmingly positive ... except for that one person who called you something mean. Like ugly, fat, old, or whatever. That’s a hater. A troll. Maybe you feel hurt, or maybe you feel really mad. What should you do? We asked 6 of the most social media-savvy yogis about how they brush off the hate, cope, and keep on posting.
With more than a million followers and international fame, MacGregor has dealt with her fair share of online haters, as well as constant sexual harassment (e.g. the sexually charged eggplant and splash emojis she gets in comments on her posts and live broadcasts). One common troll-y topic is, “People will tell me I deserve to get injured because my practice is too advanced,” she says. “Or they make snarky comments like, ‘Oh there’s another picture of a girl in a bikini on the beach.'" Haters tend point out things you already know about yourself, or your pick on your sore spots, MacGregor says. “They’ll say you look old, tired, or you’re so dumb.”
How she copes:
“I learned that haters gonna hate," she quips. "Don’t negotiate. If someone decides to judge you, there’s no amount of reason or logic that’s going to talk them out of their conclusion." She rarely responds to negativity. “You give it energy if you reply. You make it bigger.” You can always block someone who’s too aggressive or sexually suggestive, she suggests. She also advises sitting with a negative comment that hurt you, and asking yourself: “What can you do to work with it?”
But if you want to put your voice out there on social media, you have to be strong enough to take the bad with the good, MacGregor adds. "I used to say I was going to take my message to a billion people, and I’m OK if half of them hate me and half love me. If I leave the mark of yoga in their mind, I’m happy."
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About Our Writer
Kristen Kemp, an E-RYT 500, loves to teach yoga, do yoga, and write about yoga. She's doing a #handstand365 challenge on Instagram. She constantly bribes her 12-year-old twin girls and 10-year-old boy to take her daily picture. She's been a longtime writer for Scholastic, Cosmopolitan, Glamour, The New York Post, and many more. She lives in New Jersey with her husband, kids, dogs, cat, chickens, and guinea pigs.