Plus Size Yoga: It’s A Big Deal

plus size-yoga2Think yoga is only for no-meat-eating skinny women who look like they’ve never seen fried chicken in years?  Think again. The number of those who are bigger than the norm and practice yoga is growing. With yoga studios popping up all over the country that cater specifically to plus size, it’s a growing business. Which is great, considering yoga has so many health benefits. But, plus-sized yogis face unique challenges when starting a yoga practice.  Here, some plus-sized women and men share their experiences practicing yoga:

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How To Start Yoga If You’re Plus Size

1. Don’t let your size hold you back from doing challenging poses. It’s a mistake to automatically assume that you cannot do certain poses because of your size and as a result, not even attempt them. I’ve had some very large students who did amazing inversions and other advanced poses. As previously mentioned, most poses can be modified for almost any body.

2. Find an instructor you feel comfortable with. While you can learn yoga at home through webcasts, books and DVDs, I tend to think an instructor is essential because s/he can correctly show you how to achieve proper alignment as well as how to correctly use props and modify.

3. Focus on what you can do versus what everybody else can do.  You are your own person.  Nobody can be you and you shouldn’t try to be anyone else either. Do your poses the best way possible. And if you have a good instructor, he/she will tell you the same thing. It’s in the movement, not in being perfect.