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From Yoga International: Yoga Taught Me That Being Vulnerable Is Worth The Risk by Mary Higgs

Opening Yoga graduate and Body. Mind. Story. participant, Mary Higgs, wrote this wonderful article for Yoga International about a life-changing experience at the First Accessible Yoga Conference in Santa Barbara, CA. When faced with discomfort, Mary was reminded how the yoga practice has taught her that being vulnerable is worth the risk… Enjoy this excerpt and please go read the rest of the piece!

Confession: I hate having my photo taken. It makes me feel vulnerable and exposed. This may sound odd coming from an adaptive chair yoga teacher creating online content for her own website. Putting myself out there and allowing myself to be vulnerable still feels scary, but confronting my discomfort was a powerful yoga lesson.

In 2015, I had a breakthrough. It happened at the Yoga and Body Image Coalition photo booth at the Accessible Yoga Conference. YBIC is a yoga diversity organization that is breaking down yoga stereotypes. Launched in 2014, their “This Is What a Yogi Looks Like” campaign creates and shares photographs they’ve taken of yogis of all backgrounds and abilities. As a disabled beginning yoga practitioner who champions diversity, I was eager to participate in a photo session. But the closer I came to having my photo taken, the more resistant I felt…

Click here to read the rest of Mary’s story…