LIFESTYLE LOWDOWN: Plus Size Yoga Tips
Posted: Jun 06 2014
We’ve all been there. You’re stressed out, tense and need to relax and work your body out. Yoga is a great way to exercise your body, but also to stretch your mind and is the perfect anecdote to these feelings.
Just because you’re a curvy girl doesn’t mean you can’t downward dog with the rest of ‘em though. Here, our top tips for bringing out your inner yogi without the self-consciousness and stress.
- Sometimes, yoga classes can seem more like competitive courses for buff soccer moms. But, at the core of yoga is the idea of having a non-judgmental attitude of acceptance. These ideas can seem at odds, but if you’re feeling insecure or comparing yourself to others in class, just remember to breathe deeply and refocus on yourself. Keep in mind why you’re there and be kind to yourself (and don’t compare!).
- Since yoga comes from a place of acceptance and honoring your body, all poses have various versions of the same pose that range from basic to advanced. Before class, ask the teacher about or research on your own modifications to the poses you’re having difficulty with. For example, the headstand can be difficult for anybody. Finding a way to do it that’s gentler on your body but the reaps the same benefits will get you where you want to be.
Yogi tip: Try the beginner’s approach to headstand by getting on all fours, then bend elbows so you’re leaning on your elbows with your forearms extended out in front of them. Bring hands together and intertwine them, this should be underneath your face and elbows should remain firm on the ground, creating a triangle-like shape with your forearms. Place the top of your head in the triangle; straighten knees so your legs become straight. This inversion gives the same benefits as headstand at a modified position. Your weight should be supported by your forearms while in headstand, not actually be placed on your head.
- Wear the proper attire. When you’re curvy, it can be difficult to find cute workout wear that performs and covers well but it’s worth the effort. Not only will you feel more comfortable and confident, you won’t be worrying about things falling out.
Current trends: Florals! Taking a cue from fashion, floral prints are popping up all over yoga studios. Pair floral leggings with a tank and top off with our Chyna Mesh Bomber to keep it stylish at the studio.
Try a teacher or class that specializes in body positive yoga, which is exactly what it sounds like. These are places that welcome and encourage ALL body types to participate in yoga practice and teach accordingly. If you’re in a major city, it should be easy to find such classes by doing some research. If not, take notice of the vibe of yoga studios you visit before joining. If the classes seem all-inclusive, that’s a good place to start.
- Lastly, if you’re still hesitant about joining a yoga class, check out Megan Garcia’s Yoga: Just my Size DVD, which is geared towards yoga for the plus size set specifically. We’ve heard great things about this DVD and it could be a great start.