It is important to note that yoga is often “hijacked” in Western societies, with many of its traditional teachings removed or changed. Studies have shown that yoga is often taught, portrayed, and practiced as a means to achieve a “hot body” or “yoga body.” For example, search for “yoga,” and you’ll see that most images portray cultural beauty ideals. When physical activities are taught, practiced with an appearance mindset (i.e., to lose weight, to get a “yoga body”), this actually harms body image and well-being. Therefore, for yoga to have a positive impact, it is important to follow traditional forms of yoga that emphasize a positive mind-body connection and downplay the importance of appearance. -Jessica M. Alleva, PhD.
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