Body Positive Yoga Blog

You don’t have to love your body.

Learning to appreciate your physical appearance and learning to love your body is one path toward self-acceptance, but fixating on just the outer stuff is another trip down the same road of placing value and worth on appearance.

On booty shorts & cellulite: a story of body acceptance

I was told by the gym when I called to join the series that it was best to wear a skirt or “booty” shorts to class. Booty shorts? Ha, I had avoided wearing any type of shorts for the entirety of my 20’s. Why would the instructor think I just had “booty shorts” stashed away in my drawer? I was terrified of showing my legs, even to the point that I wouldn’t wear tight yoga pants!

Stepping from downward-facing dog into a lunge

Having trouble stepping forward from downward-facing dog into a lunge or walking your feet up to your hands? We'll look at some transitions in this video! Want to learn to adapt sun salutations to YOUR body? I created a program where you can learn how to “choose your...

Seated sun salutations

If you’re suffering from an injury, have trouble getting up and down off the floor, or just want a new way to warm up, try sun salutations in a chair.

Body Gratitude Mindfulness Recording

I know what it's like to struggle with an eating disorder and how easy it is to get caught up in the tornado of thoughts, anxious feelings, and body or food obsession. In honor of National Eating Disorders Awareness Week, I created a mindfulness exercise that I hope...

Chaturanga & Upward-Facing Dog: Modifications & props

Chaturanga dandasana and upward-facing dog (urdhva mukha svanasana) -- besides being a mouthful, these poses are ubiquitous in many yoga classes. But when we show up and aren’t instructed on proper form, we can easily injure ourselves if we don’t have the upper body...

Modifications for Garudasana (eagle pose) in a larger body

If you are in a larger body, perhaps you’ve groaned with frustration when your yoga teacher announces that the next pose is garudasana (eagle pose). The wrapping and tucking thighs and arms just doesn’t happen for those of us with bigger thighs, arms, or chests! Here are 4 variations for the legs and 4 variations for the arms – see what feels best in your body and create your own eagle combination!

Body acceptance is a road less traveled

Body acceptance is a road less traveled. The roadsigns are television, movies, people we emulate in magazines, advertisements that don’t say I am enough, but that I am too much. My goal is giving myself sustenance from the well I create with others. I think that’s the major difference between self-rule and being exploited. And this mixed message is a gift disguised as failure.