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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!
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i prefer trees: handinyogadaisygrl on August 24th, 2009 09:56 pm (UTC)
Hi, I find Her voice irritating too. It reminds me of a stepford wife.
But, I like the video. There are some other video reviews on the blog. I really like Peggy Cappys series Yoga for the rest of us. It is a longer workout, so you can do parts or all of it. I also like Simply Spoga, although some of the talking is annoying. You can probably get these on Netflix.

I have been to a good class in SE on Division at Yoga Shala. It is Saturday at noon and it is beginning yoga. The instructor is really open to all sizes and totally great. I can't remember her name right now, but I totally recommend it.

Have you joined pdxchubs? http://community.livejournal.com/pdxchubs/
People post there when we find good local classes. :-)
arcane_scholar on August 25th, 2009 06:55 pm (UTC)
I did read the memories before popping in. :) I got Megan's video on Netflix too. Boy do I love that service!

Thanks for the lead in SE, I'll have to check it out. I am on pdxchubs too. :)