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19 July 2009 @ 02:21 pm
Advice on Yoga Workshops for Larger Bodies  
Hello everyone!  I found this site through a search on plus size yoga and it looks like a great community. I joined mostly so I could post this humble request...

I am organizing a set of workshops in the fall for yoga (and martial arts) for larger-bodied people in my area (Durham, NC). I myself am a larger-bodied person who has been practicing yoga for the past three years with great benefit, and my goal is to pay that experience forward. I was hoping that you guys might be able to offer some input, advice, words of wisdom to help in making my workshops a comfortable and positive experience for all participants.

Any input welcome and appreciated!
 
 
 
MarKitten3aimeegomeow on July 19th, 2009 08:31 pm (UTC)
The first thing that came to mind for me is merchandise. If you can get your hands on clothes from a vendor that makes decent plus-sized yoga clothes, I would be all over it. I went to Yoga Day USA workshop one time and they had clothes vendors, but nothing went over a slim XL.
lookfarlookfar on July 20th, 2009 02:51 am (UTC)
The best tops I've found for this are Junonia's double spaghetti strap workout camis. If you get on their mailing list, you can even get them on sale. They don't cling to the tummy and they wash well.
MarKitten3: Yoga Royal Pigeonaimeegomeow on July 20th, 2009 03:00 am (UTC)
Cool, thanks for sharing!
lookfarlookfar on July 20th, 2009 02:53 am (UTC)
If the classes are really for larger people, I'd think about normalizing the sort of adjustments big people might make, such as "If you can't reach over your belly, use a strap for this." Regular yoga classes tend to emphasize how to adjust to poor flexibility or bad balance, but not the presence of big belly or large breasts.
i prefer trees: handinyogadaisygrl on July 20th, 2009 07:13 am (UTC)
I second this. A strap works for some of these things, but it is very disappointing to go to a class where you can't do most of the moves because they all involve folding a large belly or breasts getting in the way.

Also, have alternate positions available. Like I can't do broken toe (I think it is called that) becasue I can't sit on my heels like that. My thighs are too round and large and it just doesn't work. So, a recent teacher suggested doing like a stretch where I am on hands and knees and just putting one foot back at a time to get that stretch in the foot.

Offering alternatives to everyone and not pointing out who can't do something is always good. A reassuring the students that all bodies are different and no one thing is right is always good, too.

Also, getting 1/4 thick or thicker mats and telling people to double or triple up is good. I really need the extra padding. And bolsters are great for making some positions better, like pigeon.
jazzydivagrrljazzydivagrrl on August 18th, 2009 07:11 am (UTC)
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I absolutely love the idea of large sized clothing available, but also it might be nice and easier to have t-shirt advertising the workshop with a reminder to breathe. I am sporting extra tapestry these days and find this interfers with some poses, but I appreciate the psoe being offered even when it is not available. As an instructor, I alwasy offer several poses that anyone can do, regardless of their physical condition. Finally, how about offering music for sale, so participants can take a bit more bliss along the way. Namaste
briand895 on June 4th, 2010 06:51 am (UTC)
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