We live in a time where beauty is big business. We are bombarded with superficial images, products and services that promote a distorted concept of real feminine beauty. Western society defines beauty by youth and outer appearance. Consequently, many women believe that they’re just not “enough;” not thin enough, young enough or pretty enough. The pursuit to “be attractive”—whether buying make-up, undergoing cosmetic procedures or talking to a therapist—keeps women uncertain and insecure.
Our culture has become increasingly more superficial. We are constantly being bombarded with images that entice us to abandon our true nature. Through daily sadhana of Yoga, meditation and relaxing, the Yoginis are able to stay connected to their true being. Practicing Yoga helps maintain and sustain not only the body, but one’s true identity as well. The daily sadhana, combined with gratefulness, helps Yoginis maintain a more spiritual view of the body. This helps fight the temptation to view one’s body in both advertising and media terms and helps the Yogini to stay strong in her natural, spiritual image.
In my recent studies and practice of Yoga, I have come to realize a different kind of beauty—natural beauty attained through Yoga practice. This beauty is neither artificial nor temporary. Not driven by the media, not based on superficial ideals; the beauty achieved through Yoga is incomparable.
True, natural beauty is one of the unexpected benefits of Yoga practice. Both natural, captivating and full of grace, this authentic beauty results when the radiance of the soul permeates the outer physical appearance. This is beauty born from a balanced state within. This is the beauty of Yoga.