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24 August 2009 @ 10:36 am
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Hey Everyone,

I just recently tried Megan Garcia's Just My Size Yoga. I admit I wasn't really a fan. I didn't feel like she explained how to do the positions very well. Though I did find three I could do, most of them were too difficult for me. I can't support myself on my hands/wrists (I think that was called Cats & Dogs? Or Downward facing Dog? Or something like that. Forgive me, I'm brand spanking new and haven't learned everything yet.), I think that is the biggest problem. I was able to do Mountain and Warrior I and II, which seem like excellent things to begin with. However, I worry I'm going to do it wrong and hurt myself. Does anyone have any advice?

Also, I found Megan's voice to be kind of irritating, and she moves entirely too quick for me to feel relaxed. I don't know, I just feel rather disappointed all together. It seems like that's the only DVD for fat girls like me to try yoga too.

Since that seems to be the case, does anyone have any suggestions on other poses I could try? I'm 375lbs, and I don't have a lot of flexibility or strength yet. So I'm looking for things that will help me build that. I'm also in the Portland, OR area (Downtown), so if anyone knows of a great Yoga class that works for someone my size I would really love to hear about it. I'm looking more for personality recommendations of places people either go, or have gone, instead of "You might want to try and see if they have" type things.

Thanks to everyone!
Current Mood: crankycranky
Plant of the Weekericaceous on August 24th, 2009 07:04 pm (UTC)
I have an on-again, off-again relationship with yoga, partly because of irritating "real-life" experiences and lack of open space in my current house for an at-home practice.

When I was in my last phase of doing yoga regularly, I found that doing a lot of reading helped me understand and make my own adjustments a lot better. I particularly found looking at Yoga journal's yoga anatomy column to be helpful. I also liked the "yoga for seniors" books I found at the library (I was in my 20's at the time), which seemed more aware of limitations and showed me how to use props, which was really helpful. The library is also where I read the yoga journal magazines too. You never know what you might find there.

You might find the Yoga for Round Bodies series more helpful than Megan Garcia's tape. I think the two instructors in those tapes are trained in a style (Kripalu) that is more "theraputic". I thought that the teachers used to have a website with some video but I couldn't find it and now I am wondering if I made that up.

Good luck!
arcane_scholar on August 25th, 2009 06:54 pm (UTC)
Thank you for the suggestions. I'll definitely check out the Yoga journal and Youga for Round Bodies. Hopefully it will be helpful.