I get a lot of questions about the Shirtless Sunday Club, so let me clear some things up.
First of all, the Shirtless Sunday Club is not my baby ... I didn't create it, I didn't name it, and I didn't start it. I don't even know who did. All I know, is that I got tagged over and over again by some of my favorite yoga girls to strip off my shirt and join in, but could never build up the nerve to actually do it.
Why? Because I would be posting a topless photo for the whole world to see. Like, topless. Naked from the waist up.
You've got to remember ... I'm not your normal, 20-something yoga girl with a perfect bikini body. In fact, I've been ashamed and embarrassed of my body almost my entire life. I had no interest in showing the world my soccer mom body with stretch marks older than most of my followers. And I'm sure you've heard the same horror stories that I have about people being torn apart by hateful comments left by insecure people hiding behind their anonymity on the Internet. I definitely didn't want a piece of that.
But then I gave myself a mental slap upside the head. I realized that that's what the Shirtless Sunday Club is all about - women (and men) coming together and showing the world that yoga bodies come in all shapes and sizes ... stretch marks and all. How can I say that I stand up for yoga being for everybody and every body, when I won't include my own?
So, I stripped off my shirt one Sunday when I had the house to myself, and snapped my first Shirtless Sunday Club picture. It received 658 likes on Instagram.
Wanna see it?
But what I have received are tons of messages from women thanking me for giving them the courage to strip off their shirts and show their own yoga bodies for the Shirtless Sunday Club as well. Women who were ashamed and embarrassed of their bodies, too. Women who were afraid to be judged for not having that perfect bikini body that people usually associate a yoga girl with having.
And women (like me) who, because of receiving so much love, support, and encouragement from the wonderful yoga Instagram community for their Shirtless Sunday Club pictures, have now found a new appreciation for the bodies that they once only wanted to hide. Women who now see the beautiful curves of their waists, or the sexy lines and ripples in their backs, or the muscles that used to be hidden under their shirts.
There really is beauty in every body ... and being a part of the Shirtless Sunday Club has helped me to see the beauty in mine.
If you want to join the club with me, post your own shirtless yoga pose this Sunday. Use the hashtag #ShirtlessSundayClub and my tag @NaughtyYogaGirl so I can see you.
By the way, click here if you'd like to see all of my Shirtless Sunday Club pictures in one place.