Friday, February 20, 2015

Fitness Friday: Plus Size Yoga


I had a reader recently comment that they'd love to get into yoga, but they're worried about their size.  This really resonated with me, because I'm a proud plus size girl that practices yoga regularly.  I hang in there with the lean, toned girls, and I'm sure I get just as much joy out of those class as anyone else.  Want to go to a 90 minute, 100 degree, boot camp style class?  I'm there!  Yoga isn't about being thin or fitting into the mold of what a "yogi" should look like.  As my teacher, Breezy, says, "If you can breathe, you can do yoga."



So, today I thought I would share with you my 200+ lb body, in all its glory, doing some of my favorite poses.  If this is something you would like to see, I might get up the courage to snap a few more.  These are from the past year, when someone points a camera at me and says, "Do a pose!"  I almost always go for tree or half moon, because balancing is fun.





If you're worried about being the "big girl" in your class, just remember, you are the only one that's thinking that.  Yoga should be a loving environment, and people come to the mat to make themselves feel better and relax.  Try not to judge yourself too hard if you're just starting out.  They call it practice for a reason.




So, if you're on the fence, or think you have the wrong body for it, give yoga a chance.  You might just find an activity that will help you connect with your body in ways you never imagined.

Do you do yoga?  Do you practice at home or in a studio?  Leave me a comment!

32 comments:

  1. My gosh, this is amazing. You look so beautiful and happy in your poses! I'd love to see more.

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    1. Thank you, Sarah! I think it's good to remember that our bodies are strong and healthy, even if we don't fit into what we feel like is a "yoga body." I hope to share more :D

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  2. I decided to start doing yoga at home last July, using online videos. I've kept it up as a daily practice, 200+ days of some type of yoga for at least ten minutes each day. I love it! I need to get the courage, and time, to go to a real class.
    P.s., your blog is one of the reasons I decided to give yoga a try :)

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    1. That is a fantastic amount of practice! You are my hero :) I'm so glad that you love it.

      You can rock a real class, I'm sure of it! Let me know how it goes

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  3. I love yoga, I find it very relaxing. I was doing Yoga 5 days a week for 30-40 minutes, but back in September I hurt my back at work and wasn't able to do Yoga for most of the last half of the year. The past month I've been slowly getting back into a routine but i'm not back at my usual speed. I do it a home, which makes it easy. When the weather is nice I like to do it in the backyard.

    I liked this post a lot, you're poses are great! It's awesome that you're sharing the yoga love.

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    1. I'm sorry that you got hurt. I know how that goes, but it's great that you're getting back into yoga. Doing it in the back yard sounds amazing!

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  4. This is such a wonderful post - your smile is contagious!!

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  5. Very inspiring...thank-you! (SF)

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  6. What a great way to start your day. I love yoga and do it quite frequently.

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