Body Positive Yoga Blog

Permission to Curve

Author's note: this post is a guest contribution by Anna Guest-Jelley of Curvy Yoga. I have a hang-up about permission. For some reason, I am always seeking it – often unconsciously. When I first started practicing yoga, this is pretty much all I did. I was constantly...

Why I quit dieting

I have tried a lot of diets in my life. Atkins, vegan, Weight Watchers, counting calories, Weigh Down Workshops, Paleo, Zone, South Beach, food logs. I've worked with nutritionists and therapists. I've done the shakes, the herbal supplements, the cleanses. I've spent...

Downward facing dog: A guide for plus size yogis & beginners

Adho mukha svanasana. What a mouthful. Even the english translation, downward-facing dog, is a lot to say. Down dog is one of the most widely recognized yoga postures, but it's also a complicated one. Down dog works the whole body, and can build strength, increase...

7 steps to stop comparing yourself to others during yoga

It's happened to all of us. You show up on the yoga mat, you're sitting there waiting for class to start, and she comes in. This ethereal creature who appears to be floating across the floor. She's got that "yoga body" - willowy, bendy - her hair is shining and in a...

Letter to my teenage self | Teen Week 2012

Hey, it’s the 30-year old you. I know you probably don’t want to hear from me, but I have some stuff to tell you, so stop rolling your eyes and listen up. I want to talk to you about being weird, boys, boobs, fat, dieting, and how life gets way, way better.

Sun Salutation modifications for plus size bodies

I’ve put together a short video that shows several modification options for sun salutations including: How to prevent your boobs from suffocating you, making more room in forward folds, getting your hands to the floor (or blocks), options for plank, lowering to the floor, and the backbend, down dog alternatives, and getting your foot forward into a lunge from downward facing dog

Stop postponing your life until you lose the weight

Please stop waiting for some magic moment (that may never happen) to come around. Some magic moment where you are tall, thin, have smooth skin, no cellulite, have a voice that doesn’t sound annoying when you hear yourself recorded. Just show up. Just go do what you love. Stop worrying about whether or not you look cool or nerdy or fat or stupid. You look fine. Your body is fine. You are the only one judging yourself as harshly as you are.

Yoga at home: an easy, 5-minute breathing inquiry

Inquiry: Honoring the body through breath Make sure you have five to ten minutes to yourself in a quiet place. You can do this outdoors, sitting on your couch, lying on the yoga mat with knees bent and feet on the floor (partial recline), anywhere you are comfortable....

30-minute anywhere, anytime yoga podcast for beginners

This practice can be done just about anywhere. You will need: A yoga mat (optional, but it's nice to have a little something between yourself and the floor) A bolster, folded blanket, firm cushion, or rolled up towel to sit on Half an hour I hope you enjoy...

Q&A: Should I get my 200-hour yoga teacher certification?

I've received several emails over the past couple months with a similar theme - should I invest in yoga teacher training? Was it all worth it? I wanted to address this in a Q&A post in case others were searching online and might find the information helpful. So...

The trouble with yoga photos

Ask any yogi their opinion about having mirrors in a yoga studio, and you'll probably get an earful one way or another. I am personally against mirrors in yoga studios, and I'll tell you why. Yoga, for me, is all about being in my body - celebrating what it can do,...

Welcome to Body Positive Yoga

Hi. I'm Amber, nice to meet you. Welcome to Body Positive Yoga. Why Body Positive? I've struggled with my weight and body image since my early teenage years. Growing up as a fat girl can take its toll. I have been on dozens of different diets, exercise regimes, and...