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!