Yoga of hidden goals, redux + applied

There’s a beautiful book launch today over at Curvy Yoga, where the name of the game is “body positive yoga,” which you might hope would be a redundant phrase.

For that reason, I was fascinated with the interview Roseanne highlighted in her blog post over at It’s All Yoga: a quick (11 minute) chat about photo-shoots, body image and loving life with Kathryn Budig of ToeSox ad fame.


(Photo credit: aJ GAZMEN ツ GucciBeaR)

Budig sounds like so many of us reflecting on our vulnerability and body image (deeply intertwined) and a million yogis who depend on their practice to sculpt their image of a yoga body. The interview (11 minutes) didn’t allow for deep exploration of the junction where external and internal judgment meet, much less our collective concept of “goddess body” (can anyone say Venus of Willendorf?)

Deutsch: Venus von Willendorf

Deutsch: Venus von Willendorf (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

I guess that what this short conversation reveals is that there are many possibilities rattling in our collective consciousness.

What the juxtaposition of this book launch and this interview say to me is that there are plenty of hidden goals rolling around in many of our assumptions about yoga, bodies, health and beauty.

Brava for Guest-Jelley (most especially today) and for Budig for putting it out there, for Roseanne over at It’s All Yoga for asking the question.

2 thoughts on “Yoga of hidden goals, redux + applied

  1. Thanks for sharing and for joining the conversation! I’m glad that you pointed out the strange synchronicity of Anna’s Curvy Yoga book and the Budig interview (which was actually posted a while, but I felt moved to blog about it today – just before I saw the release of Permission to Curve).

    It’s too bad there wasn’t space in the interview to go a little deeper into the greater factors that would make somebody like KB, who basically embodies our cultural standards of feminine beauty, feel critical of herself when she gains a few pounds (which is basically what happened when she got “freakin’ curvy”). I also think that her comment kind of slighted many women who are actually curvy, and not just because they got into a relationship and started eating too much pasta.

    I’m looking forward to a yoga culture that celebrates curves and women’s bodies in all their beauty and glory! Step by step…

  2. Here, here! In fact, I think that culture exists depending on where you hang out. This interview with Guest-Jelley (of Curvy Yoga prowess) by Rachel Cook (of Yogipreneur fame) discusses radical kindness and how individual all our bodies really are: It’s really just about yoga!

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