This is something author Lauren Lipton is seeking to combat with her new book, Yoga Bodies
. Featuring 80 different yoga practitioners of all ages, shapes, sizes, backgrounds, and skill levels, Lipton created the book because she "know[s] so many people who could benefit from yoga, but it can be intimidating to those who have never tried it. People say, 'I can't do yoga because I'm not flexible,' or, 'I'm not in good enough shape for yoga.'" The book features yogis with larger bodies, yogis with disabilities (both visible and invisible), and yogis in their 90s, and Lipton says she would like readers to "look through this book, find someone who looks or thinks like them, and say, 'If that person can do yoga, so can I.'"