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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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MAWMAW101 6/12/2013 9:16PM

    Great blog!
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NORASPAT 6/12/2013 9:03PM

    When I did Yoga our instructor was from the Kripalu center I have cook books etc but my best find was a VHS tape called YOGA FOR ROUND BODIES. I used it often and loaned it often too.
Alas the VHS is obsolete but I keep a small car TV just so I can always watch YOGA for round Bodies. Brought back memories.
I had an alterations business and I would write to catalog stores including LLBean in Maine to express my thoughts on not enough larger sizes and told them there would be a bigger demand for clothes after size 16. The owner of LLBean at the time called me from CA and we had a nice chat. I have seen clothes at their flagship store up to 3x. Many more stores make them now and it just makes good business sense to do so.

Pat in Maine.

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JUNEAU2010 6/12/2013 8:11PM

    It's that response that keeps me in clothes I have been wearing for years. I need new clothes, but I just can't go. there. yet.

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THINKBASS 6/12/2013 7:51PM

    Thanks so much. The picture (plus size in yoga pose) was what made me read. SparkPeople would do well to place some on their pages too

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BOLEBRON 6/12/2013 7:51PM

    Thanks for sharing your experience.

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GOALDRIVEN3 6/12/2013 7:50PM

  Glad you found something that works for you.

Enjoy

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DIANNEMT 6/12/2013 7:06PM

    I don't have "fancy" stuff but it IS nice to feel good about how you look. And stupid clerks should be demoted--can't you notice that MOST of society will not fit into a size 12 and down??

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WALLPER26 6/12/2013 7:00PM

    So where does a size 2X find workout clothes? I am getting tired of sweating in my cotton tshirts.

But congrats to you. Great blog.

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JODY-S. 6/12/2013 6:30PM

    I hear you loud and clear! Thanks!

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LANNIEMANUEL 6/12/2013 5:52PM

    great thanks for sharing

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-LINDA_S 6/12/2013 5:23PM

    Great blog! I've never seen that picture--it's great! Congrats on all your success!

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JSEATTLE 6/12/2013 5:09PM

  This is the reality of our world! People come in all shapes and sizes.

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ELVISINTHEHOUSE 6/12/2013 3:38PM

    Real women come in all sizes. Over the years (I'm 60) I've seen retailers slowly begin to respond to that. I've been thinking about seeking out a senior's yoga class. Good to know I'll be able to find things in my size. I like the photo of a larger woman doing a yoga pose that you posted. She looks beautiful.

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BARBARASDIET 6/12/2013 2:59PM

    I did a yoga class a little over a month ago, and want to go back, but things keep getting in the way. Maybe next week!

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2FAT2FISH 6/12/2013 2:21PM

    Oh my, I have uttered those exact words, "do you have larger sizes in yoga clothes!" Please share some places where you have purchased...I am an XL+, not a size 12.
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SHERYLP461 6/12/2013 2:02PM

    Thank you I am seeking out this store as soon as I can.

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KELLIEBEAN 6/12/2013 1:58PM

    I missed this one yesterday. Funny I read it today. Last night I saw a Lulu Lemon store where we were walking so I popped in. My daughter (who is a part-time fitness instructor) told me about it. She has bought some things from there. She raved about how durable they are, worth the extra money.

Now I am a size medium usually, depending on the store, sometimes a large. I was floored not only at the child-size looking clothes that they tried to pass off as large but EXCUSE ME, $88 for these teeny tiny workout pants???

But back to yoga, I'm so glad you found a place that made you comfortable! I love yoga. It has really improved my strength, balance and flexibility!

Great blog!


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KCHANDLER623 6/12/2013 1:29PM

    Thank you for your blog today. I have been thinking about a yoga class and wondering if my XL body could find the right clothes. Now I have no excuses.

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KNYAGENYA 6/12/2013 12:48PM

    I love yoga! I'm glad you were able to find a class where you feel comfortable.

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TEASCHERTZ 6/12/2013 12:37PM

    All the way up to size 12! Amazing! ? !

So glad you found a great yoga studio and instructor.

Thank you for the blog.

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CARRAND 6/12/2013 12:25PM

    Great blog! There are all sizes of participants in my yoga class, and I love it.

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MOMMY445 6/12/2013 12:13PM

    that is great info! thanks for sharing!

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USHARA 6/12/2013 11:48AM

    I, too, am at the "beginner" stage (the before I will lose the 70 lbs stage). I wear big baggy sweatpants and men's XXL t-shirts to my workouts (not yoga). You have given me hope that I WILL lose these inches and pounds and that I'll be be able to buy XL in a few months! Oh joy!

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PESKIGIRL 6/12/2013 11:47AM

  Thank you for sharing your experience, very inspiring! Keep up the good work!
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BRAVELUTE 6/12/2013 11:42AM

    I hope you haven't returned to LuLuLemon!! Your story reminds me of Pretty Woman on Rodeo Drive who was snubbed by a clerk for a much different reason, but it still cost her a big commission!! My Aunt Margaret would have been writing to corporate. Stores for small sizes need to remember that even if they don't carry clothes for us, we do buy clothing for family and friends and perhaps eventually for us.

If I were the clerk, I'd have a couple of recommendations for stores that do carry whatever OTHER size is asked for.

Today, Aunt M. would LOVE social media to handle that type of behavior immediately. LLL would not be long for this world.

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    emoticon emoticon Thanks for sharing!

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THEIS58 6/12/2013 10:47AM

    Love the brand. Love the blog!

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TINAJANE76 6/12/2013 10:42AM

    Lovely blog, Celia. I remember doing yoga when I was well over 200 pounds and the challenges it posed. Appropriate clothes were definitely part of the equation as was not necessarily knowing how to modify poses because of my bigger belly, bosom and other parts. With a little adaptation, yoga can be lovely for people of all sizes and fitness levels. I think it's great that you found a studio that is sensitive to the needs of people of all types of people and that clothing companies are starting to catch on as well.

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BLPRETTYGIRL1 6/12/2013 10:37AM

    emoticon Blog. We need to feel good about ourselves and having the right exercise clothes that fit and stylish. is importnant

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JOANNHUNT 6/12/2013 10:36AM

    I JUST LOVE THE PETITE SALES PEOPLE THAT TRY TO SELL YOU SOMETHING THAT WOULDN'T HAVE EVEN FIT YOUR 10 YEAR OLD. THANK YOU FOR THE AWESOME BLOG.

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MAJONES1225 6/12/2013 10:32AM

    I am not very good with yoga, but I am trying. It is nice to know that their is cloths for us. Thank you

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HEIDISHOPE 6/12/2013 10:26AM

    Hurray! Two years ago at 227lbs, I had to do gentle yoga for months and months before I had the balance and coordination to be able to do other fitness things since my core was so soft, joints so mushy, and my muscle tone so flabby. THEN I could walk or lift weights.
Yoga is the BEST place to start getting fit..it develops the core, strength, and balance needed so you don't hurt yourself attempting other fitness stuff!! I didn't have the luxury of a mall (we live in the boonies) so I did yoga in my jammies for many months. It is wonderful to know SOMEONE is linking the benefits of yoga to larger-sized women and creating clothes for them so they too can enjoy yoga's benefits!!

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SIMONEKP 6/12/2013 10:22AM

    great blog, those store clerks kill me

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