When I began practicing yoga, I didnít have a community.
I primarily practiced on my own at home. And when I did venture out to class, I tried not to make much eye contact with people. I didnít want to see the judgment I assumed would be in their eyes when they saw my curvy body getting on my mat.
This was back when I had a cell phone with about 10 minutes on it in case my car broke down driving the six hours from college to home. And when I probably sent three emails/week ó not every ten minutes like I do now.
That time in my life was really hard. Thereís just no other way to say it. I had this little thought in the back of my mind that things could be different ó that I didnít always have to struggle with food. That I didnít have to constantly be on a diet or hate myself. That I could find some movement I enjoyed that didnít involve team sports (which are so not my thing). But I had no way of knowing if/how it could come true.
Doing yoga was one of the only times that I could firmly feel myself inside my skin without becoming uncomfortable, nervous, or disassociating. ~Mara Glatzel
Fortunately, through the magic of the internet, we can now find our inspiration and community in many places. For me, one of these places is right here ó with you.
In addition to blog comments and social media engagement, I hear from a fair number of you via email. What an endless delight! Some of the most common feedback I hear is a sense of relief, an ďIím not the only oneĒ feeling.
Yoga has given me an entirely different relationship with my body, where I judge it by what it can do, rather than its shape. ~Helen Lehndorf
Sparking a Movement
Over the past few years of doing this work, Iíve seen the number of curvy people trying yoga grow exponentially. Excitingly, I also hear more and more often from those of you who are getting inspired to become teachers yourselves and share yoga for people of all shapes and sizes in your community.
I truly believe this is happening because weíre joining together. The more we see each other out there, and connect, the more we can support each other ó and welcome more amazing people into our body and yoga loviní community.
And this is why Curvy Voices was born. I wanted to share a book that would inspire all of us, especially those of us who may be new(er) to this journey. As I read through the 36 stories in this incredible book, I was struck time and again by the depth and breadth of their beauty.
Our thoughtful and courageous writers cover topics from body loviní to childbirth, loss to illness, the thrill of yoga to the fear of stepping on the mat. The incredible quotes shared throughout this post are representative of the inspiring messages shared within these pages.
Iíve become less concerned with what my body looks like and more pleased with how my brain feels. ~Priscilla Warner
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