Body Positive Yoga Blog

Chronically surrendering

In this guest post from my dear friend Genevieve, she writes about how chronic illness has given her a new perspective on what body image means and how she views herself as a person living in a body.

What are you really hungry for?

I am not a special snowflake. I have the same body image story that lots of you do. See if any of this rings a bell: young, American, fat girl, eating disorder, lacking self-esteem, confused about identity, hating her body, feeling unsatisfied. I spent more than a...

7 simple tips to fit yoga into your day

We are all busy. Between juggling work, kids, errands, and household responsibilities, fitting yoga into our crammed schedules can sometimes seem like an impossibility. Here are 7 simple tips to fit yoga into your day, whether you have a big chunk of time or just a few minutes here and there.

Ideas for keeping students safe and preventing injury in yoga (asana) classes

I have been thinking deeply about injury in asana and also how to keep my own students safe. In this post, I’d like to talk about some ideas for asana teachers to mitigate risks and make their classes a safe, welcoming, low-pressure, judgment-free environment where people can be in their bodies, nourish their bodies, connect with their breath, and reduce suffering. Help me out with your own ideas!

Modifications for child’s pose (balasana)

Child’s pose (balasana) is a posture in yoga that is often mentioned as a “resting pose” but for those of us in larger bodies, it can be anything but restful. Without enhancements or modifications to the pose, you can end up short of breath, with too much pressure in the face, or even a serious strain or injury to the neck. Let’s look at modifications for this pose.

5 ways to keep your home yoga practice safe and fun

Happy New Year! New year, same awesome you!  But maybe you decided to start practicing yoga?  Or you decided to practice more at home?  Awesome!  We’re all for that!!  But we do want to share some safety tips so you can mitigate the injury risk that comes with all...

Plus size workout clothes: Manifesta Review

I remember just a few years ago, if I wanted to buy workout clothes, I was going to be wearing a pair of leggings that was cheap, mostly made of cotton, and that came in one color - black. It probably started pilling within 2 washes, and I would quickly wear out the...

5 tips for coming back to your yoga practice after an absence

This post has been brewing in my heart and mind for a while. It's one I haven't really wanted to write, because deep reflections and looking at my own stuff is never easy. But several people have asked me for advice in this regard, and since I can speak to it...

Plus size yoga pants: Lineagewear leggings review

When I saw Lineagewear leggings start popping up on yogis in my Instagram feed, I knew I wanted to try a pair. I headed over to the site and was so excited that Katie, Lineagewear's founder, offered plus sizes up to a 3x! The plus sizes were out of stock, so I...

Keeping a neutral pelvis – what does that mean?

Here's a quickie on alignment! We had a question on the Body Positive Yoga Facebook page today about what "keeping the pelvis in a neutral position" means. You probably will hear that in a yoga class and ... yeah - what the heck does it mean?! I found this picture...

Yoga for low back pain during pregnancy

I hear that pregnancy can be pretty miserable on the body, and two of my sisters have asked me how to relieve some of their low back pain while pregnant. I put together a list of my favorite stretches, sequences, and strengthening exercises that can help.

How yoga healed the relationship with my body

From the very first class, the one where my tracksuit pants flapped all over the place and so did my limbs, and, to be honest, my belly, yoga gave me relief from myself. The worrying, obsessing, self-hating internal dialogue stopped for an hour, and for a few hours after that too. I hadn’t had a moment’s break from that since I was eight years old. It felt so great.

Yoga and the unexpected road to "perfect"

Gotta admit it, when I first started yoga, I wanted to be perfect. To be perfect, I needed to be thin, happy, flexible, and have a dogmatic aversion to gluten and fast food. And in my usual perfectionist, overachieving fashion, I opted to apply for the four month volunteer program at the Kripalu Center for Yoga and Health, instead of taking a beginner class. I was ready for the fast track and I was desperate.

Modifications for pigeon pose

Knee pain or other trouble with pigeon pose? Here are some modifications that work well for beginners or plus size yogis with larger bodies.

Cultivating self-love and writing to heal with Mara Glatzel

Today I'm super excited to introduce you to one of my favorite people: Mara Glatzel. Mara is a self-love coach, a writer, the author of Medicinal Marzipan - one of my favorite blogs about body image and self acceptance, and also author of the brand new book Body...