I recently wrote an article for Inner Fire about how the pressures of social media may profoundly affect our yoga practice (read the full article over at Inner Fire for all fourteen points with discussion). At the bottom of the post, I wrote the following:
I poke fun with love. I’ve been guilty of many of these things at one time or another over the last ten years.
In the spirit of owning up to inauthenticity on social media, I’d like to share some of my own photos that inspiredpoints in the article.
1. You spent longer taking photos of yourself in [one pose] on your more photogenic side than you did moving through a complete, balanced asana practice.
2. To you, the true purpose of pratyahara (withdrawal of the senses) is to make sure you look contented and serene as you press your bare hands and feet into sharp gravel…
4. You have injured yourself taking advantage of an irresistible photo op.
6. Your significant other rolls their eyes when you ask them to take yet another photo of you doing a balancing pose on a rock while on vacation together.
8. You’ve perfected the blissful gaze and Mona Lisa smile that every yoga magazine ever loves to feature on its cover.
Practicing on a slippery wet park bench while holding an umbrella always makes me feel blissful and serene.
12. There are no photos of your journeys, only your destinations.
13. Once the camera is off your practice is over.
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14. You take selfies while meditating.
#meditation #nyc #manhatten #zen #fountain #batterypark #sucasana #jnanamudra A photo posted by Barbie Levasseur (@barbieyoga) on
Not a selfie, but still a totally posed meditation shot (and another example of #6). I don’t think I sat in stillness for much longer than it took to get the photo.
Please read the original full article over at Inner Fire: 14 Signs That Social Media is Making You Sacrifice Yoga for #yoga
Thanks so much for writing this post Barbie! Awesome. Just awesome!
I was just telling my yogi (and now new mommy) friend about you! This saddens me you’re giving up teaching, people need you!
However, I am sure you will do amazing things in the future!!!’