You may have seen the numbers and they’re impressive.
It’s great that we’re reaching more people every year, but sadly, it seems that some people who are curious still feel left out:
One of the survey’s most interesting results reveals the most common reason people don’t try yoga. Often, people see yoga as exclusive — designed primarily for young women or for those who are already flexible, athletic, or spiritual.
What do we –yoga teachers and yoga practitioners– do about that?
How can we contribute to making yoga more INclusive?
We might start by recognizing if and how we play a part in keeping it exclusive. Are you more likely to talk about your latest success with scorpion than about how yoga influences your everyday actions? Do you only wear the latest lululemon or have you shown up to your mat in “no one is looking at me” attire? Do you secretly evaluate other yogis by appearance and athleticism or do you intentionally practice looking deeper?
You can be part of changing the yoga landscape. You can help make it inviting to the people who are curious but too shy and self conscious to give it a try.
- You can choose to refer to a diverse population to represent yogis
- You can choose to avoid reducing yoga to gymnastics, even if athleticism is a valued part of your own practice.
- You can choose to live your yoga out in the open, rather than confining it to your mat.
We’d love to hear from you! Let us know in the comments: what else can you do to welcome new yogis? What specific actions can you adopt to make yoga inviting to those who don’t think yoga is for them?
Let’s all do our part to welcome everyone and anyone into yoga!