Practicing Yoga for Plus Sized Queens
In the media in general, there are just not enough visuals of plus size beauties. This can be very frustrating and sometimes demeaning to those with bigger waists. Images of slender, fit models cloud our newspaper stands, TV’s and GYMS! I used to wonder if there was ever going to be something that promoted positive body images, plus size friendly
—body positivity. I mean literally everyone can go to gym, but it’s the atmosphere that gets created when small framed woman sees us thick goddesses that can turn a positive trip into a nightmare. After dealing many years with my own battles with body image, low self-esteem, and identity crisis; I’m now at a place of inner peace. Which I was only able to achieve through the practice of YOGA!
For beginners and those who do not know what yoga really is, I recommend you take a small trip over to the Yoga Journal!
Yoga has no gender, body, identity requirement; and it is amazing way to find spiritual balance, bring up those positivity levels within yourself. The poses make you challenge yourself, seeing how far you can go, and where you’ll end up next. The meditation can reconnect you to those unwanted feelings and find meaning behind some trials we face everyday in life. Breathing exercises will improve cardio health, and help with those who are prone to panic attacks. I was actually surprised at how many benefits you can attain from practicing yoga.
Some of these benefits can include:
- Increased flexibility
- Increased muscle strength and tone
- Improved respiration, energy and vitality
- Maintaining a balanced metabolism
- Weight reduction
- Cardio and circulatory health
- Improved athletic performance
- Protection from injury
Do not let images of the complex poses deter you from trying yoga out. There are many plus sized yoga instructors out in the world achieving those same complex poses everyday. The human body is a amazing and with time can be trained to do even more amazing things. This is one of the main reasons I decided to try yoga out; not just because I saw other Plus Sized women doing it. Because I wanted a way to express myself, and a way to put my heart, mind and body at ease. You can achieve not only my triumphs with yoga, but many more.
To begin your practice I highly recommend following the practice of a plus size yoga instructor, or at least practices of other Plus sized Yogi’s. A lot of the poses can be broken down better for those of us with a lot more curves so that you don’t strain yourself trying to follow someone on a different fit level than you. Plus it adds to your overall interest levels going in when you have a positive role model to follow. I also don’t recommend attending any local classes when you first begin practicing. This is just from my own experience; my class was filled with higher leveled yogis and their poses in the lesson was not geared for beginners at all. It left me feeling defeated and ready to quit! I advise attending after you have made a couple of milestones in your own practice, so that your mind will stay positive and relaxed. Also, please start off with some of the easy poses to get a feel for your body and slowly push your limits. Jumping into the eye of the storm seems like a good idea in theory, but the effects afterward will have you rethinking life all completely.
I know that it can be hard to understand that being Plus Sized doesn’t define you as a person, in no way, shape, or form. It’s not our identity, it’s just a way for the world to recognize us, insult us, and treat us differently. Even though there are efforts in making body positivity mainstream, but we all know that’s gonna take a wild and even then you can lead a horse to water but still can’t make it drink. That’s why it’s very important for you to be self aware, and keep a positive outlook on life; because only you can be the hero of your own story. (Deja Vu much?) Yoga doesn’t teach this, but it can help you learn more about you body and mind; and help you find balance between the both. It can be a gateway to your inner self, and find purpose in your daily social, work, and family life.
There are many reasons to try Yoga, or at least add a few of its ideal aspects to your daily routines. Your decision to dive into this spiritual beginning should be for you and a love of oneself. No one else should influence your decision because this is a lifestyle change.
Just remember you are Beautiful, Important, Strong, Fierce, and most importantly You!