(as of Jan 27,2020 17:00:02 UTC – Details)
Try a Google image search of “yoga,” and what do you notice about the people in the photos? For one, most of them are women—skinny, fit women. There’s a thin woman on the beach in warrior pose; there’s a thin woman in front of the sunset in tree pose; and hey, there’s a thin woman in the woods in lotus pose. This theme of skinny yogis isn’t wrong, and it’s hardly surprising—thin sells, especially fitness routines. But even if it’s not implicitly said, including only skinny women in yoga images and including only poses conducive to skinny bodies in teachings can make yoga, well, not so inclusive. You get to think that yoga and its health benefits, such as stress reduction and improved fitness, are best for thin people, and not so much for the 36 percent of U.S. adults and shockingly 2.1 billion obese people on our blue planet. Not true. Yoga is for all types of shapes and sizes if you just know how to start. What tips can make yoga more comfortable for me? • Widen your stance : In many standing postures, feet are often supposed to be hip-width apart. But if you’re bigger, it may help to spread your feet farther until they’re at a comfortable distance to increase stability • Know your body : If the skin of your belly, thighs, arms or breasts gets in the way grab on and move it. This type of instruction may not be written in the scripts of most traditional yoga classes, so take the initiative to make you more comfortable. • Use props : If your instructor wants you to touch your hands to your toes for a hamstring stretch, don’t respond with a sarcastic eye roll. A yoga strap can help you achieve this stretch and support you in other pose, too. And a yoga block can provide support as well, by helping you connect with the ground. Ask an instructor to demonstrate the best practices for using these props. I’m overweight or obese. Why do yoga? “I think yoga can be a wonderful form of movement that bigger-bodied people can adapt for themselves, “this eBook is only designed to meet the challenges to fat people and it is also an online resource for yogis and instructors. For folks carrying more weight, low-impact exercises like yoga may be more comfortable than, say, running on the pavement. And most postures can be modified to fit your body. Plus, yoga isn’t that cycling class with the drill sergeant instructor. It’s not the Insanity Workout. The mental component of yoga—the deep breathing, positive meditation, and awareness—can boost confidence for people of all waistlines. “Yoga helps give your insight, and perhaps that insight can help you make better choices and eliminate negative self-talk.