You don’t have to be yoga picture perfect – The Royal Gazette | Bermuda News, Business, Sports, Events, & Community

Log In

Reset Password

You don’t have to be yoga picture perfect

Every so often I post a photo on Instagram or Facebook of a yoga pose that I've been working on.

Behind every photo, there are about 15 photos that don't make the cut, mostly of me falling on my face.

I add a filter before it makes its way on to social media. As society gets more active, our perception of fitness becomes more and more unrealistic.

The truth is that most of my Sundays are not spent doing yoga on the beach with the sunset as a backdrop, they are spent in sweatpants on the couch watching movies with cheese and crackers.

Social media is so woven into the daily fabric of our lives, including fitness and wellness.

We have access to data, ideas, new exercises and the latest workout trends all on our phones yet it can leave us feeling insecure that we haven't gotten the results we want, or looked how we expected while doing it. It is easy to create an unrealistic expectation of what a healthy lifestyle will look like.

How can we find the time to build a perfect smoothie bowl, when we barely have time to grab breakfast? Let's be honest, how practical is the smoothie bowl anyway?

It is important to know that fitness instructors on social media do this for a living. They get paid to have the “perfect body”, to wear free workout gear and run in paradise. Even in perfect conditions, these photos are still edited.

You don't have to have a Pinterest-perfect social media page to inspire yourself or others to live a healthier lifestyle.

Be unapologetic with your fitness. Put your hair in a messy bun, throw on your sweaty workout clothes and just get to it. Post a sweaty selfie, don't (or do) post your healthy food and don't feel guilty if you spend the occasional Sunday on the couch.

Take bits that you like from fitness “gurus”; remember that they probably stand in front of the mirror wishing away cellulite too. You never know who is watching so be proud of your feats even if you don't think they are ready for social media!

• Cassandra Matcham is a Yoga Alliance-certified yoga instructor, studio and group fitness manager at Alchemy Fitness. She specialises in accountability and goal-setting to help clients reach their full potential. Follow Alchemy Fitness on Facebook: or e-mail

Fifteenth attempt: it took countless tries, and a few falls, before fitness trainer Cassandra got this pose right. (Photograph supplied)

You must be registered or signed-in to post comment or to vote.

Published April 27, 2016 at 9:00 am (Updated April 27, 2016 at 8:48 am)

You don’t have to be yoga picture perfect

What you
Need to
1. For a smooth experience with our commenting system we recommend that you use Internet Explorer 10 or higher, Firefox or Chrome Browsers. Additionally please clear both your browser's cache and cookies - How do I clear my cache and cookies?
2. Please respect the use of this community forum and its users.
3. Any poster that insults, threatens or verbally abuses another member, uses defamatory language, or deliberately disrupts discussions will be banned.
4. Users who violate the Terms of Service or any commenting rules will be banned.
5. Please stay on topic. "Trolling" to incite emotional responses and disrupt conversations will be deleted.
6. To understand further what is and isn't allowed and the actions we may take, please read our Terms of Service
7. To report breaches of the Terms of Service use the flag icon