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    Yoga and body image issues

    I want to try yoga again once or twice a week.

    Problem is I'm fat, and I have a lot of trouble sensing and seeing my body while I do yoga. Simply put, it disgusts me, because of internalized fatphobia. So I don't do yoga (other sports are easier).

    Any advice other than power through it? Someone had this sort of issue?

    #2
    It helps me a lot that there is a good friendly harmony in class, even if it is usually full of mirrors so you only use them to improve your positions by looking at you from outside and not to check that others are not staring at you

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      #3
      I'm overweight, and I sometimes do yoga at home (although I'm still to shy to visit a yoga class.
      When I started to do yoga, I had similar issues. I think its was mostly rooted in the ideal image of yoga created by many trainers (for example, on Instagram or youtube). "Yoga with Adrienne" Youtube videos helped me a lot. The trainer always gives variations of exercises so I don't feel wrong even if fat prevents me from doing the full version. And I started to feel that yoga is a way of accepting and feeling my body as it is, reconnecting with how I feel myself. Maybe trying out some of her videos will help you as well.




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        #4
        I don't usually do yoga, but what I learned Is that yoga Is actually a way to connect with your body and emotions, and to learn to live with them, and accept them as they are. If you are thinking on going to classes try to make sure that the instructor feels the same way and isn't gonna judge you. There are a lot of "yoga" teachers that only teach how to do the postures or whatever, but yoga Is not only some stretches or exercises. The same goes for YouTube videos, but also there are teachers who truly understand yoga as a way of union (thats what yoga means) with who we really are, and they will help you to work your insecurities.

        I say, go for it!

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          #5
          Do not go to a class/studio. No huge mirrors. No skinny ppl to look at and not be. Follow some fat yogis like Jessamyn (altho not if weed bothers you she is a pothead lol) to normalize, to yourself, how bigger bodies look doing yoga. Find a few poses or a short flow you can do w out instruction so you don't need a video to watch. (I like warrior, reverse, triangle, forward fold to swap sides, repeat. Or sun salutations.)

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            #6
            I would highly recommend the 30 day yoga challenge to start. I too am overweight but felt like there was a nice progression with the challenge. There were a couple of poses I couldn't do but I tried to get as close as I could (and I was fine with that). I enjoyed it so much I'm doing it again this month

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              #7
              I follow along to Yoga with Adriene as well, and I think differently about my body when I’m doing yoga. The way she teaches is more about mindful movements that forcing yourself into different poses. She’s not afraid to crack jokes and laugh at herself, which I like. It almost feels like you’re hanging out with a friend, as cheesy as that sounds.

              I don’t have any experience with other yoga instructors, so that’s all I can suggest, other than maybe watching videos from different yogis and seeing who or what speaks to you.

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                #8
                I totally get it. I’m a big, beautiful, healthy, woman. I practice yoga. Not so much in the past month (pandemic. Hahaha). I would love to get back on the mat a couple days a week.

                I’ll hop back on this thread tomorrow with links to instructors. If you can watch some videos with larger instructors with good modifications it can make a big difference (move your stomach this way, grab your leg like this to get to the next pose, etc).

                there’s nothing wrong with you! Only with society. You can do yoga if you want. Yoga is practice. Trying to do yoga is yoga.

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                  #9
                  I enjoy yoga almost daily as my warmup and cool down. I dislike most classes because of my age and limited upper body strength, but I found a teacher who specializes in physical therapy and aging students. Look for teachers who advertise modifications for students, or restorative classes to start. Iyengar often use props that you might find helpful. I love Yoga with Adrienne on YouTube. She offers several modifications to meet your needs. You might find real time Zoom classes helpful, so you can get teacher feedback, especially if you’re a beginner. The other students will be focused on themselves. Even in traditional classes everyone is in their own head, not judging the other students. Light on Yoga is a classic home study book, but don’t do inversions at home without first learning from a teacher. A regular yoga practice can really help you appreciate the strength and movement of your beautiful body.

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                    #10
                    Thank you so much everyone. I love the Hive, I feel really accepted here.

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                      #11
                      Here are some women with larger dimensions that I follow on yoga. Seems like you are very active, sorry you are having a bad moment with your body, we all do, especially us bigger women who don't fit societal norms. Here are some women I've learned from:

                      https://diannebondyyoga.com/
                      https://bodypositiveyoga.com/ (Amber Karnes)
                      http://jessamynstanley.com/ (already mentioned above)

                      I agree that 30 days of Yoga is a good program. And there's a yoga chatroom in the Playground section that is less active. Also I really like http://www.yogaru.ie/ shes of smaller size, but this site, reminds me of Darbee. She has a lot of descriptions and cue points for poses. All free and printable, pdf, sequences.


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                        #12
                        I always tell myself that it isn't fat, it is stored energy/mana for my future wizarding and yoga is teaching me to harness that energy

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                          #13
                          Yoga is for you and is for everyone who has a body. It can allow you to to love yourself, be free from self, heal yourself.
                          It is a toolkit for infinite upgrades and all you have to do is come and play.
                          It certainly can help with everything you expressed in you post Hiraelle. But probably not in line with your expectations.

                          You are already Yoga

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                            #14
                            Yoga is a good spot to start because it practices acceptance of all people. And as you move your body and hold positions, you're going to learn about yourself and where you are and how to move. It's a great program for you and you'll feel stronger and more flexible after you've practice a while. Success will show up and you'll be motivated to continue.

                            Yoga people are nice if you find the right studio. Make sure you pick a good spot.

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