Are ‘Yoga Selfies’ ego driven?
You may have noticed an increasing trend of yogis taking selfies in seemingly impossible poses and colourful attire. Some of the most popular selfies are attracting thousands of followers. Leaving some of those new to yoga feeling like they can’t measure up. It raises the question, can You really be a true yogi if you post selfies on the internet? Do these images that come across to some as narcissistic and ego drive, give the wrong message and show a distorted picture of what yoga really is?
I am a self employed yoga teacher, and Um continuously seeking new ideas to reach, inspire and show my students what is possible with dedication and practice. I am continuously inspired by articles I read and the images that I see through social media. I have found a supportive and welcoming yoga community through the likes of Instagram and Facebook. I promote myself with images just like any other business, but does this really mean my practice is any less profound or spiritual than those who don’t? The images posted on the intern. can not be a reflection of the inward journey of the practitioner. The yoga sutras reach us to see the world without prejudice, so I am left wondering, does how the image is perceived say more about the viewer than the subject maker itself?
– Abi Mills