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24 August 2009 @ 10:36 am
New to Yoga  
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!
 
 
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(Anonymous) on January 27th, 2010 05:10 am (UTC)
Portland Yoga for round Larger Women
I just found your post while surfing about. I am bouncing in my seat because I too am in portland and I DO know a wonderful class welcoming to our size women. The Yoga Project in Sellwood is running three classes a week for Larger Women and wonderful funny teacher Vilma is starting some other projects for us. I am 52, well over 400 lbs (that is so hard for me to type!) and I've been going for over a year. I'm on a month hiatus right now for a groin pull, but starting back up again.
It's up a gentle flight of stairs and don't flip when you meet Vilma with her 90 pound little body and thick Lithuanian accent. She's a wonderful and supportive and non-judgmental teacher. And no other teacher does the guidance so smoothly as she. --Robin