Wikipedia described Yoga as “ a group of physical, mental, and spiritual practices or disciplines which originated in ancient India”, yet it is so much more than mere practices, it is a way of life. This International Yoga Day, lets fill your Instagram feed with health and prosperity.
India has given the world so many jewels and ancient practices that westerners cannot stop admiring. Ayurveda, Kama Sutra, and Yoga are some of the few holistic activities and sources of knowledge to maintain their relevance even today. In case you’re not already proud, Yoga was listed as an Intangible Cultural Heritage by UNESCO in 2016.
If you are an enthusiastic Yogi in the making, and are excited about International Yoga Day here are 10 Instagram accounts of Yogis who bend it way more than Beckham, and are essentially rubber people!
1. Liz Arch
Founder of Primal Yoga, a combination of Yoga and Martial Arts, it combines Vinyasa Yoga with Kung Fu and Tai Chi for an “athletic, heat-building flow, while focusing on alignment, balance, strength, power, and flexibility.” as described on her website.
Awhile back, someone posted a comment on my instagram essentially calling me a whore. I had posted a photo doing an inversion on a stand up paddle board wearing a bikini, as I naturally wear when out in the middle of the ocean. The anonymous person said it was only fitting of my character that my legs should be spread wide open. Why do we do that to each other? Spread hate as we hide behind our computer screens? Why do we shame others? Why do we criticize what people choose to wear or not wear? Why do we gossip? And cut people down? . I have certainly been guilty of being petty and putting people down in the past - if we're honest, I think we all have. The hard questions above are ones I've had to ask my former self. And the truth that I have come up with is that it's never about the other person. We criticize the qualities in others which we most dislike in ourselves. Judgment never comes from love, it comes from lack. That person whose bikini post strikes a nerve with you - do some digging about where that judgement comes from. Do you feel comfortable in your own skin? . I know I haven't always felt confident in my body. We are our own worst critics and when it hurts too much to continue tearing ourselves apart, we tear down others. Stop that shit. Love your body. Love your whole being. Teach empathy, not judgement. And if you find yourself on the receiving end of nasty comments, remind yourself it's not about you. It never was. ❤️
2. Natasha Noel
A popular Yogini, Natasha is capable of some incredible things when it comes to flexibility and is highly passionate about it. With more than 83k followers, she is one of the most popular Instagram Yogis from India.
It's safer to keep your heart locked up and just be numb. Unable to feel, unable to sense, unable to ever get hurt again. It's safer right? Easier? #MorningThoughts Practise daily. Stay safe. Stay humble.?❤ Much love?? #ashtanga #Dancer #ashtangaYoga #yogaeverywhere #yoga #Muscles #PinchaMayurasana #ForearmBalance #featheredpeacockpose #yogaeverydamnday #yogalove #Abs #yogadaily #yogajunkie #igyogafamily #yogaanywhere #yogajourney #fit #fitness #FitWomen #fitfam #fitspo #fitnessaddict #fitnessfreak #HealthyLiving #HealthyLifestyle #passion #dreams #NeverGiveUp
3. Ajay Tokas
Practicing since 2004, Ajay Tokas is not only an expert Yogi, but also believes in spreading his knowledge and teaching others about the power of Yoga. Ajay Tokas is a Level 2 authorized Ashtanga Yoga Teacher.
4. Dana Trixie Flynn
Founder of the Laughing Lotus, one of the best Yoga centres in New York City, Dana Trixie Flynn has had a vast and experienced life as a Wall Street stock broker, hotelier/entrepreneur and is now a Yogini!
5. Mathieu Boldron
With 14.9k followers, Mathieu is a highly popular Yoga practitioner and teacher on Instagram. He describes himself as a travelling Yogi, who discovered Yoga as he was singing and dancing for The Lion King, a Broadway Musical.
New York based Instagram Yoga practitioner CBQuality has more than 215k followers, although she has very little information available about her.
7. Patrick Beach
“Patrick travels the world leading workshops, retreats and training modules, and teaches vigorous and fluid vinyasa yoga that builds strength, creates flexibility and inspires play. Patrick’s teaching goes beyond intelligent alignment; moving any willing student to an introspective, holistic experience that explores the chakras and cultivates mind-body awareness.” as explained on Patrick’s website.
8. Laura Kasperzak
Laura is not only an expert and extremely flexible Yogini, she also practices with her adorable daughter. With 1.1 million followers, she is equally popular offline as she conducts workshops and classes regularly.
9. Colleen Saidman
Author of Yoga for Life, Colleen also owns the Yoga Shanti Studios, a highly active Instagram account and is also an International Yogini.
10. Nidhi Mohan Kamal
Nidhi Mohan Kamal is a nutritionist, Yogini, Instagram and YouTube star and an entrepreneur too. She shares her meals, Yoga workouts and experiences with her 36.9k Instagram followers regularly.
Because #yoga can be done anywhere in any outfit ?????? throwing a big smile ? and a #hollowbackhandstand in my PJs just before I go into #dreamland ???? #goodnight ???? . #yogalife #yogaday #internationalyogaday #yogaeverywhere #yogaeverydamnday #girlswithmuscles #vegan #picoftheday #iphone7 #shotoniphone7 #iphoneasia #yogachallenge #handstand #hollowback #pj #pjs #goodnight #indian #indianwomen #unpologeticallyme #lifestylecoach #lifesyleblogger #longhair
If you have ever needed inspiration to try your hand at Yoga, this International Yoga Day let these athletes and Yogis be your inspiration!