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Yes, We Have Larger Size Yoga Clothes

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Tuesday, June 11, 2013

A Stephanie Romine daily blog today www.sparkpeople.com/blog
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contains a round-up of articles in the news, one of which focuses on yoga for larger bodies. That article really brought back memories of when I started yoga. Before I ever showed up at the local studio, I talked to the owner and conveyed my worries about not having a "spandex-compatible" body. She assured me there were people in her classes in all sizes and shapes, but I felt intimidated knowing that, in addition to my size, I also had very little flexibility in my hips. The owner invited me to her Gentle Beginner class, and from day one, I felt at home in that studio. I stayed in Gentle Beginner for at least a year before I felt comfortable enough to try a more advanced class, and now I participate in a mixed-levels class that encourages me to stretch my personal boundaries.

But more about before. I started taking yoga about 70 pounds ago, well before I joined SparkPeople, wearing the baggiest clothes I could find. I even gained another 10 pounds before I made my decision to change. When I did start losing the weight, I wanted to look nicer, so I set out to find yoga clothing appropriate for my size. Sure, I knew about Junonia, but I didn't want to order yoga clothing from a catalog. Anyway, after I had lost about 30 pounds and was going from 1X to XL, I walked into a LuLu Lemon store one day and quietly asked the clerk if they had larger sizes. Miss Bubbly loudly proclaimed, "Oh, yes, we have larger sizes. We go all the way up to size 12!" I turned and exited, muttering something obscene. Fortunately, I walked across the mall to a Lucy store and found my size and caring clerks, but that first attempt at buying "my size" yoga clothes really bummed me. I'm happy that more stores are now responding to the need.

Finally, one other thing that kept me going in yoga was a card from Kripalu that shows a plus-size woman in a difficult pose. You've probably seen it in Yoga Journal:



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CATNCAG 2/26/2014 2:29PM

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TERRIJ7 8/25/2013 12:58AM

    Very helpful--thank you!

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FAIRERHIANNON 8/13/2013 5:29PM

    I hate shopping for clothes, especially since women's clothes don't have standard sizes (2X in one store equates to an XL in another!).

Good for you for finding another shop with more understanding clerks to shop from!

And thank you for posting the picture from Kripalu! That's the kind if inspiration I need!

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SUPERSYLPH 8/12/2013 10:41AM

    Size 12 is not larger sizes! Oh my goodness!

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PATRICE_E 6/25/2013 1:44PM

    What a great post! Reading about your journey has been so inspiring today, Celia.

I am blessed with a yoga instructor who is quite a bit rounder than the woman in the photograph. I love her to bits, and often picture her as a gorgeous, extremely-strong Goddess figure. She seems completely comfortable in her skin, and she is a fabulous leader, thinker, teacher, singer, and artist. We humans.... such an incredibly beautiful, diverse lot.

Sending warm blessings to you,
Patrice

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GRAMPIAN 6/25/2013 6:15AM

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JENNAAW 6/22/2013 11:31AM

    Thank you for this, and you have accomplished a great deal! If those in charge only knew that there are a LOT of large size people trying out yoga and other physical activities, they would see there is a nice market out there. I would not mind being able to buy some nice, good quality tights, yoga pants, running clothes, etc. etc.!

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KANOE10 6/18/2013 9:10PM

    I have been in high end storess that do not carry anything beyond a large or size 10..Good for you pursuing and enjoying yoga. I may try that this year!



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CFMOSS 6/18/2013 7:16AM

    thanks for persisting and sharing your healthy lifestyle journey. - i'm not sure that i'd ever make that pose - my shoulders have never been that kind to me, then again, maybe it's time to go back to regular yoga.

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LINDAM.1 6/17/2013 6:11PM

  My great aunt had her cloths made. Past 3x is not fashionable .

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KNITTY_JESS 6/16/2013 10:57PM

    All it takes is one person to hit that button and our heightened insecurities go off. I'm glad you were able to find the support you needed. Good for you!

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CDRFLORES 6/15/2013 10:28PM

    "all the way up to 12!?!?" For her safety, do not share the address. ;) Thanks for the reminder that all can do yoga. I know I would absolutely love it. I've never done yoga or gotten massages because I don't look like the magazine models in the ads. I am even a long way from the Kripalu model but I will begin by looking for a video for home. Needed that. Thanks again.

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CDRFLORES 6/15/2013 10:24PM

    "all the way up to 12!?!?" For her safety, do not share the address. ;) Thanks for the reminder that all can do yoga. I know I would absolutely love it. I've never done yoga or gotten massages because I don't look like the magazine models in the ads. I am even a long way from the Kripalu model but I will begin by looking for a video for home. Needed that. Thanks again.

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BANNERMAN 6/15/2013 2:31AM

  Thanks for sharing


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BANDMOM2012 6/14/2013 9:56AM

    Such a great blog post! It is an enormous challenge to work up the courage to try new things - I am so glad you found success!

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CAREN_BLUEJEANS 6/14/2013 9:49AM

    Yeah, reminds me of when I went bra shopping after the birth of my first son. The clerk measured me discretely in the dressing room, but then shouted over the top of the door, "This little girl wants a 44DD!"

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SUNGIRL822 6/14/2013 9:01AM

  Insensitive people are the worst. I'm glad you found eventually what you were looking for, thanks for sharing!

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MICKEYMAX 6/14/2013 8:43AM

    Woo hoo!

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PENOWOK 6/14/2013 8:14AM

    It's so discouraging when store clerks have to be loud enough to embarrass. I am sorry you had that experience. Thanks fro sharing today!

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RUNNINGYOGINIRE 6/13/2013 11:01PM

  emoticon Glad you Lucy. Great clothes and nice people.

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    doing yoga when u r heavy is difficult. emoticon

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    Good blog! Thanks for writing it!

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MAGIK0731 6/13/2013 8:56AM

    Love yoga!

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SANDYCRANE 6/13/2013 4:57AM

    I may have to give yoga a try.

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KARRENLYNN 6/12/2013 11:28PM

    I've never tried yoga, I might try it now.

Have a great week,

Karen


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  good blog

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AUNTWILLIE 6/12/2013 10:36PM

    Great blog. Thanks! And thanks for the link, as well.
You really put yourself out there, and it means a lot.
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THOMS1 6/12/2013 10:34PM

    Good blog. I remember those days trying to find exercise clothing that fit properly. Glad some things have changed. emoticon

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BECKYSFRIEND 6/12/2013 9:43PM

    Thanks for sharing

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MARYJEANSL 6/12/2013 9:39PM

  Ah yes, the constant problem of finding decent looking, decent fitting clothing to work out - or heck, just to go for a walk - in.

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KERRYG155 6/12/2013 9:34PM

    I would agree that it is very difficult to find workout clothes of any sort that fit well and look decent when you are a larger woman. Great blog and info.

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MJ7DM33 6/12/2013 9:20PM

  Thx for sharing!

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