It is difficult and rather rare to be living in today’s world and to not be affected, in some way or another, by the cultural pressure around having a ‘perfect’ body, shape and weight. Yoga, though admittedly being one of the most complete, rich and powerful systems of physical, mental and spiritual transformation, is not at all immune to this tendency of our times. Certain elements of yoga, as taught and practiced in the West, can aggravate instead of heal one’s own issues with their body image. However, yoga also has the great potential to help us build a loving, caring and non-judgmental relationship with our bodies -when practiced in a nurturing, non-competitive way and environment, and incorporates some absolutely essential elements. Read on to find out what those are!