Tuesday, May 14, 2013

Yoga Inspiration for Non-Skinny People

In my previous post I wanted to find a picture of  a black person/other person of color demonstrating what puppy pose is supposed to look like, but I couldn't find one. You rarely find images of black people doing yoga anywhere, and that includes the internet. However, I did come across this image on a tumblr page called Black Yogis. It reminds me so much of myself. I know I don't look like I can do much, and I am limited by my size and weight. But every time I go to a class, the instructor seems to be surprised by what I can to do; I even surprise myself sometimes. One of things that instructors compliment me on most is my flexibility. Whether that means "Wow, you're really flexible" or "Wow, you're really flexible for a fat girl", doesn't matter to me. It's the truth and it's a well-deserved compliment, so I'll take it. This tumblr post is just affirmation that I shouldn't be fooled by my looks. I can do this; yoga is for me too. 

 "Extended Standing Leg Stretch  
Utthita Hasta Padangusthasana

One of the biggest myths about flexibilty I keep hearing is that one has to be skinny to be flexible…well…that’s NOT true."

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