The Real Reason Behind the Yoga Selfie Debate

Recently, I was seething at a popular blog article that referred to selfies as “yoga porn.” After a fuming tirade to about five hundred of my closest internet acquaintances, I began to ask myself some questions.

What is it about this topic that gets under my skin? Are these pictures inspirational or demoralizing? Do they build community or eliminate diversity? Are we educating people about the body or turning our forms into sexual objects? I have an answer to all of these questions, and it is a very untidy one.
Glossy images are appealing and attractive.

When I first began teaching yoga, I participated in many Instagram yoga challenges. I was overweight, and I had regular chronic pain and past injuries. Modifying asana was imperative in my own practice.

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