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There are many, myself included, who uses SoMe in order to spread a message, engage or even work with charities. I am really trying to be mindful about my posts not only beeing about only me, but rather about a subject or a cause. Obviously out of my business point of view I am here to sell something, after all I am a jewelry designer and a studio owner. But still, my wish is to be an inspirator and teacher, sometimes it works out well, other times I feel naked and responsive to whatever kind of critic they might arise. Welcome to the world of social media. I need to deal with it.
The fitness/yoga/pilates/body has become a huge industry and we post pictures from beaches and mountaintops, yes we sell ourselves. Which reminds me to do some selfreflectional work and ask myself: How do I lead people? What am I leading with? What are my wishes? More followers? Or simply share from my own experience and wisdom? Perhaps something I learned lately? Is there some kind of surrender to it?
It´s a dualistic answer to this cause I want to do my job and share stories about bodywork, food and meditation.
I want to share from my heart and not from an ego place only expecting likes on the posts. The way I do this is that I spend some time reflecting about what to express and share, then I post it, and then I try to forget about out for the rest of the day.
I notice that the posts which are least ego driven tends to get more attention.
Instagram “fitness” is not about having a body, cause we all have a body. Its more about doing amazing things which inspire us to be present, curious and grateful. Without judging, without discriminating.
This is not my first yoga challenge to attend on instagram. But when these 3 girls Ingrid Loe Holand, Johanne Karbøl and Kari-Anne Bains from Global Yoga Trondheim contacted me and asked me to be a presenter and sponsor I responded positively on their cause. The theme is discrimination and the tool to get in touch with our ethical compass is using yin yoga poses.
How effective do you consider a Yoga challenge on instagram to be ?
We are able to share our message about social and human values through the challenge. The organisations get an extra attention and recognition for their work. And we can collect money which help them continue the great work they do. We are trying to reach out to many people in order to share as many posts as possible.
Global Yoga Trondheim connected with so many people on the instagram. We are also co-working with some famous people which helps us to spread the word.
For whom is this challenge?
Its for all to participate. Our goal is to be low key and easy to access. We want to include as many participants as possible. We focus on using yin yoga poses because we all need more balance in life inspiring to reflect upon nniversal life principles as acceptance, confidence, patience, no-juding attitude.
What is the ambition?
We want to rise awareness about discrimination, but also what discrimination is not. We are donating money to an organisation ” Skeiv Ungdom” (queer youth). We believe that all people are of equal worth. No matter.
What is discrimination?
Well, the opposite of discrimination is generosity, tolerance, kindness, acceptance, compassion, self-worth, equality, love to yourself and others. to be yourself. To have the space to be yourself, to have the courage.
If you want to read about earlier yoga challenges from Global Yoga Trondheim you can click here:
How can yoga contribute to more peace and love in the world?
In yoga you work with yourself to find inner peace and the source to vitality. We would define this to be happiness or bliss. We all do have an ethical compass and yoga with all the elementary principles can help you find this instrument.
Why yin poses?
Yin yoga is for everybody. No pressure, expectations and not even yoga skills are needed. Its all about confidence, acceptance and patience. The poses are easy to do and follow.
Best wishes Monica
If you want to join this challenge, please follow these girls and @globalyoga.trondheim on instagram, they will guide you on a daily basis, all you have to do is share a photo using the tag #whydiscriminatewheyoucanyoga :
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