I remember seeing a male yoga gang (type thing) and underneath their name it read 'The Uncelebrated Minority' and I laughed and thought, clearly they don't know anything about yoga history.
Women weren't allowed to practice yoga, and then when they were finally welcome in the shala, they weren't welcome to teach. It's only been the last 50 years that women have been recognised as yoga teachers, and more recently as 'worthy' teachers. Still today if you walk into many studios, there's framed pictures of male gurus, including male teachers who have been accused of sexual abuse.
Yes there may be more women who frequent yoga classes these days, but its men who are still worshipped as the gurus.
Let's write the next chapter. Today, and moving forward, I aim to celebrate the women who paved the way for female yogis like Indra Devi, Swami Radha and Geeta Iyengar and also the women who are doing some kick arse things in yoga land today like Sally Kempton, Ana forrest, Tara Judelle, Sarah Powers ... too many to mention.
I now leave this to you, please comment with the women who have inspired you in yoga :)
Happy International Women's Day :)
The Yoga Social Team