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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
Yeledovyeledov on August 25th, 2009 07:25 pm (UTC)
I'm not big on DVDs for yoga in general so I didn't like that one either.

In Portland I had a wonderful experience at The Movement Center (www.mcyoga.com)at the Beginner Immersion series. I'd been trying to get yoga to 'click' for years but couldn't find a teacher who knew how to work with my size. They keep the immersion classes very small so the teacher can spend time with you to find what really works for your body. After the immersion series I felt I could do a meaningful home practice with the use of books and maybe a DVD for ideas.

I also took Healing Yoga at The Movement Center and found the modifications to be useful for a shoulder and wrist injury that made any pose with a lot of weight on my upper body difficult.

Good Luck!