Are celebrity show-offs like Miranda Kerr destroying yoga?

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Yoga experts have spoken out against celebrity yoga show-offs and warned against the potential for sustaining injury and detracting from what the practise should be about.

Miranda Kerr does yoga on the beach

© Instagram/Miranda Kerr

Celebrity yoga show-offs are not hard to find, from Miranda Kerr to Gisele Bundchen, these lithe yoga enthusiasts are keen to show us their moves any time they can, most often on Instagram.

However there are corners of the yoga community that are far from impressed and are actually concerned and annoyed at the message they are sending.

Not only do they imply that certain moves may be easy to achieve and therefore celebrity fans could injure themselves attempting to emulate them.

Some also think they remove one of the key elements of the activity; the spiritual and very personal experience.

Gisele Bündchen does yoga on holiday

© Instagram/Gisele Bündchen



Jennilyn Carson, a New York-based yogi told the New York Post, "In a sense it mocks what yoga is.

The discussion has been evolving over time since Instagram began

There's a sentiment that they're doing a disservice to yoga by putting these pictures out there.

It's showy and basically everything that the practice is not supposed to be about - 'Look at me and these awesome poses I can do!'"

However, to some people perhaps seeing stars like Miranda doing such things breaks down a barrier and encourages them to get involved in something that felt otherwise 'too spiritual'.

Classes like NOVA remove the focus on breathing for example, without abandoning what yoga is about - how many people will be more likely to attend something like that, thanks to these celebrity show-offs?

Celebrity yoga show-offs




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