This post has everything and nothing to do with yoga. A few moments on my Facebook feed this morning got my day off to a bit of angry start. There was a post about a supermodel (I must confess I don't know her name) who had shared a photo of her stretch marks on Instagram. Some of the comments were simply appalling. One in particular really pissed me off. Something along the lines of 'oh please, show me a real woman after 2 babies and I'll show you proper stretch marks'. Well I call BS on that.
Who has the right to define anyone else as real? Fat shaming, skinny shaming, cellulite shaming, stretch mark shaming, smooth skin shaming... it is all vile and serves no purpose other than to make people feel bad about themselves. If you are healthy and happy then your shape and size is completely irrelevant. You are not hurting anyone. Your 'realness' cannot be defined and is no one else's effing business. I have stretch marks and cellulite and I haven't even had my baby yet but I am no more or less a woman than anyone else. The worst part is that this broken record of negativity is usually directed from women towards women. Channel your energy into something more positive. If you are unhappy make a change in your own life but don't take it out on someone else. Yogis and non-yogis alike, we are all real.