There has been a lot of talk about increased diversity and inclusivity in the North American yoga scene. One of the first steps towards a realistic representation of the “yoga body” is greater access to images of a spectrum of body types practicing yoga. It’s clear that yoga publications and the mainstream media aren’t about to change anytime soon – so the change is starting at a grassroots level, in the hopes that it will slowly rise to the surface.
A new book project, YES Yoga Has Curves, is the latest addition to the paradigm shifting conversation about what a yoga-practicing body looks like. The book of photographs is the brainchild of Dana Smith, with support from her photographer friend, Wanakhavi Wakhisi. The curvy women featured in the book were selected from an open submission call-out on social media.
Smith describes the project:
In popular media only one type of yoga body is highlighted and there is little representation for fuller bodied women. Because of this, many women don’t think they have the “yoga body” and hesitate exploring yoga, even though it has countless benefits.
This book serves as a testament that yoga is for EVERYbody and that no one physical size is better suited for practice. It will celebrate beautiful goddesses of all curvy shapes and sizes and finally allow the beauty of our curves to be recognized in this blessed art called yoga.
After crowdsourcing the models and cover design, Smith is now embarking on an Indiegogo campaign to cover finalizing production, marketing and printing the book. Say YES to yoga for all bodies and support this amazing project!