Hi everyone! So, I don’t know about you, but I have been feeling disconnected from certain famous Yogini’s on Instagram and after many weeks of wondering why, I have finally decided to talk about it on here.
I REALLY want to hear your thoughts too so please feel free to comment below!
A few years ago, I started using my personal Instagram account to look for inspiration online. I was going through a tough time at work and needed a way to escape my reality while I was stuck at the office. This is when I found a few Yogini’s whom I felt instantly drawn to. They are actually the reason why I wanted to share my own journey online as well and started the @nathalieyogini IG account.
But recently, I have felt more and more of a disconnection with some of them. Even worse, they were no longer inspiring me, nor were they making me feel good about myself. During a few months, I wondered why it was that way. And then I realised…. My Yoga practice had taken me through a whole other spiritual level that disconnected me completely from a certain type of human being: the non-genuine human being. I had gone from being inspired by some crazy impressive yoga positions on IG to being plain fed up with the emptiness behind the pose.
I wasn’t raised religiously at all. In fact, I am not even baptised. I never, ever thought of myself as a spiritual human before and yet, here I am now, witnessing my life change drastically and evolving into a life that I am SO much more comfortable living.
I mentioned before that during the summer of 2017, I said goodbye to a couple of toxic people in my life. That was the result of my practice opening my eyes to the toxicity that was floating around me and draining me out. With the help of a lot of reading and practicing, I gathered the strength to let go of those toxic sources, even if it meant taking certain risks, especially professional.
And that’s when I realised, I felt disconnected from the same types of people online, because I could see through their photos. I could see that the beautiful poses and inspiring captions were all meant to sell things that simply do not align with my interpretation of the fully expressed yogic life. I found myself comparing my physique and even professional situation, to them. I realised that their profiles had turned into an online catwalk, where they had no interest in interacting with anybody who left positive comments on their feeds and were much more happy to start a fight on the negative comments, feeding negativity around their accounts. Finally I realised that their only interest was to grow their followers so that they could sell some more. While I am myself very happy to see my community growing, it remains very important to me to make sure that I carry on sharing and interacting with as many people as I can, until Instagram tells me I’ve reached my maximum commenting limit :p.
Moreover, I started realising that the Yogi’s that had started to inspire me instead were in no way, shape or form selling anything that wasn’t aligned with some form of wellbeing – whether physical or spiritual – or helping the planet and the less fortunate. And this corresponds to my idea of leveraging a social media platform a million times more. If I ever find myself in a position to start promoting anything, I make it my personal promise to promote things that I truly believe can make the world a better place.
Finally, after talking about it with some of my Yogi IG friends, I realised that I was far from being the only one to feel that way about those accounts…
Funny story, it was almost harder to stop following those people than it was to say goodbye to some of my physical friends! Scrolling through their feeds had become such a habit that it was hard to stop even though I felt completely disconnected from them!!
As 2018 is in full motion, I feel very happy and much more in phase with myself now that I have gone through this little spring clean, both in my physical and virtual lives. That is why I would like to share the following learning with you:
If like me, you feel like you aren’t in phase with certain people or situations anymore, don’t ever be scared to walk away from them. And if you feel like you aren’t in phase with me – which I really hope is not the case but yet respect if it is – follow your heart, respect and honour the way that you feel. The last thing I want is to know that I fail at making my followers feel great about themselves.
With all the love,