I started doing yoga in college with Raquel Welch’s book on yoga.1 Even then I found yoga relaxing and energizing. It also helped me improve my strength & flexibility.
Years later I wanted to try yoga again, but, remembering how I’d had no idea how to modify some poses, I looked for something more tailored to my sort of body. I’d read about the video Yoga for Round Bodies, Volume 1 online and in the fat-acceptance magazine Radiance. I ordered it and started working with it. After a week or so I pretty much felt I knew the poses so I’d skip putting in the video and just do them at my own speed. I still do their sequence of cat, dog, modified cobra and child’s pose a few times a week. Between the cobra and stomach crunches the lower back issues I had for years have cleared up almost completely (I still avoid lying on my back, but it’s mostly habit at this point).
More recently I got the Yoga: Just My Size With Megan Garcia DVD. Like Yoga for Round Bodies, it is aimed at beginners. Most of the poses I’d already learned before, but the explanations and demonstrations seem very clear for newbies. I mostly put it in the DVD player when I want the new-agey music to help me relax, or when I’m having trouble focusing. (A more detailed review is here – Sanity Watchers on some of the ads on that page.)
I also have Megan Garcia’s book Megayoga, which I personally prefer to the DVD because it covers many more poses and provides 30, 60, and 90-minute routines. Part of that is probably due to the difference between the desired length of the DVD run time vs what you can do in a book.
Currently I’m basing my private practice on the Megayoga 30-minute routine plus a few other things from my “Yoga for People of Size” class. (I actually got this book from the library first and ordered it when I really didn’t want to return it!)
Anyone else have fat yoga books or videos they want to share?
1It’s about as body accepting as most fitness books by actresses, which is why I’m not linking to it.
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