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MRSLIVINGWELL's Photo MRSLIVINGWELL Posts: 353
8/14/19 7:54 A

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Wonderful conversation here about how to approach and thrive with yoga! Thanks Coach Jen and others, especially for the blog link about curvy yoga. I recently blogged about how I had been doing yoga all by myself for about 4 years and recently heard someone talk about "their yoga practice." We EACH have OUR yoga practice that is different from anyone else's. That really opened up my thinking about where I started, where I progressed to and where I'm going with yoga.

Thanks also to Sparkpeople for starting me off on my exercise journey with the short videos of many different kinds of exercise that I have tried.

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8/9/19 12:17 P

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@JESSDARKLIGHTER...Thank you for your original post and likewise those who have responded. I haven't taken Yoga due to the same concerns and fears of looking foolish.

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5/28/19 10:24 P

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The V.A. Hospital in Tucson features chair yoga. OMG, it is so good and you really do feel it. See if you can find a yoga studio that has that. Also, check with hospitals to see if they have classes. It's very helpful for people who have disabilities. In the class I go to you have people on oxygen and those with knee problems.

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4/8/19 3:56 P

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Any yoga instructor worth the title should know how to give you modifications for your anatomy. Shame on your instructors for not continuing to educate themselves. Adapting poses for the multiple body types present in their students is the responsibility of every instructor.

There are a lot of modifications available. If you want to continue in the class you are in currently, but learn to modify for yourself, I highly recommend the books Fat Yoga, Mega Yoga, and Every Body Yoga. They are great resources for figuring out how to make that Child's Pose feel more comfortable (spread your knees to make room for your belly, use a block to support your forehead if needed).

I would also bring at least two blocks and a strap with you to the mat every time you do yoga - many times you can just insert a block into the pose and gain the space you need for your body while gaining the benefits of the pose. The strap can be really helpful for poses where they want you hold onto your foot or something, and you don't bend that way because of nice squishy thighs.

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3/22/19 10:57 A

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I have found that with yoga that it is okay not to be able to do every pose without modifications. Each of us has bodies that are different and my teacher always encourages us to accept and honor where we are today and know that with time and practice things will get easier. She has told us that we could be skinny as can be and still have to do things with modifications because of anatomy and where each of us get tight. Each body is different. I congratulate you for taking that step and being dedicated! Keep going! You got this!

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3/22/19 10:44 A

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3/21/19 11:11 P

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I applaud you for trying yoga! I stayed away from it many years because I just felt I wasn’t trim enough! What I have found out since is, it’s okay not to be able to do everything! Some things you have to work up to! Your body will grow and change, and you will eventually be able to make those poses! Do what works for you and try the others a little at a time! You are amazing!


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3/21/19 8:00 P

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OMG -- you need to know about the book and website Curvy Yoga!

I love this place and it encourages me that ANYONE can practice yoga!

You go girl!

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The fact that I can plant a seed and it becomes a flower, share a bit of knowledge and it becomes another's, smile at someone and receive a smile in return, are to me continual spiritual exercises.

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3/21/19 2:58 P

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Here's a blog you might find helpful:

www.sparkpeople.com/blog/blog.asp?post=8_p
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3/21/19 2:28 P

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I’ve been doing yoga classes once a week or so for a few months. While my body has been reshaping, I was very bulky around the middle to begin with, and still am. Now that I’m starting to get a good idea what the poses and pose changes are “supposed” to look like, I get very frustrated with any pose that is supposed to bend the belly to the thighs, especially with the legs straight. No matter how much I breathe and squeeze my muscles and lengthen my spine, I CAN NOT achieve these poses with my belly in the way. This has led me to modify such poses by bending my legs in order to create a gap for my stomach to fit into, but this eventually leads to cramps in my legs. Can anyone offer me any guidance for completing the class without running into this problem? My teachers are of course fit as can be and always have been so when I asked this question to them they have absolutely no idea what I mean.



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