Why Yoga is For Every Body (Every. Single. One.)

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I teach yoga in one of the most notoriously superficial places in the world: Los Angeles. I’m not thin, I’m on the cusp of what most would consider to be middle age, and I do not look like, nor do I want to look like an Instagram model. I teach yoga for normal people.

When I tell people that I am a yoga teacher, I am often greeted with one of two responses.

“Yeah? I can’t do yoga because I don’t look good in yoga pants / I don’t look like those yogis I see on online / I can’t touch my toes.”


“Oh. Really? You teach yoga?” As if they’re surprised that someone who looks like me could lead a room full of people through an hour-long practice.

My response is always the same. I teach yoga for the same reasons that I write and report: I want to make the world a better place using all the tools I have.

Through my teaching, I want to show people that yoga isn’t just for white, rail-thin fitness models doing Hanumanasana or Sirsanana at the beach in barely any clothing, like you see on Instagram. Yoga is for both for everybody and every body — every single one. Here’s why.

Read my story at Shondaland for more on Yoga For Every Body.

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Abigail Bassett is a full-time freelance journalist, content creator, and television, video, and podcast host whose work has appeared in publications like TechCrunch, Fast Company, Inc. Magazine, Forbes, Fortune, Motor Trend, Shondaland, Money Magazine, and on CNN. Her passion is telling unique stories that change the way we see, interact with, and relate to the world. She is also a Yoga Alliance Registered 500-hour yoga teacher.

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