The hot yoga topic in some circles has been about the marketing of yoga to make you slim and sexy. My first concern as a yoga instructor is not so much about sexiness as it is teaching folks that yoga is really about the Science of Happiness.
I know that with consistent, regular practice, you will reconnect with what you're feeling, learn healthy, stress-reducing techniques (like breathing on purpose), appreciate your life more and generally engage with the world in a kinder way.
As yoga teacher Donna Farhi says, "What the world needs are kinder, more compassionate, generous people."
Yoga and the Science of Happiness
The time on the mat is our opportunity to cleanse the mind of all its distractions that make us less attractive. It is the time we rid ourselves of unnecessary worries and negative thoughts.
“For beautiful eyes, look for the good in others; for beautiful lips, speak only words of kindness; and for poise, walk with the knowledge that you are never alone.” – Audrey Hepburn
As I often say in class, the biggest obstacle to a happier life is our own busy mind, and yoga is for the mind (which we access through the vehicle of the body by practicing asanas).
Does yoga make you sexy? Yes, of course it does.
Audrey Hepburn said, “There is more to sex appeal than just measurements. I don't need a bedroom to prove my womanliness. I can convey just as much sex appeal, picking apples off a tree or standing in the rain.”
She also said, "I believe that happy girls are the prettiest girls." And she's absolutely right.
When we are feeling peaceful and centered, our faces do look prettier. And when we are kinder and move more fluidly, we are more attractive. And the yoga does slow us down to make more heartfelt connections to other people.
So if you come to yoga for the mental or physical reasons, it doesn't matter — you are a complete package as a human being and you will receive ALL the benefits: happiness, sexiness, calm. And most importantly, you will naturally welcome and engage more unconditional love into your life! So love yourself, love your day, love your life.