I’m Anna Guest-Jelley, founder of Curvy Yoga — a training & inspiration portal for curvy yogis and their allies & teachers.
As a writer, educator & lifelong champion for women’s empowerment & body acceptance, I’m here to encourage women of every size, age & ability to grab life by the curves. And never let go.
Twists, Turns & My Curvaceous Career
I didn’t create Curvy Yoga on a whim — though believe me, I’m quite a whimsical woman! I’ve been practicing yoga since the late 90s (wa-aay before it was trendy), teaching since 2008, and training yoga teachers since early 2012. And in case you’re curious, yes; I’m E-RYT200 and RYT500.
In a previous life, I earned multiple Master’s degrees (and one slice of a PhD) . . . dusted chalkboards & cross-examined essays as an English professor . . . ran a renowned domestic violence prevention program . . . co-managed a university women’s center . . . published papers, created workshops & coordinated community programs on universal health care, reproductive rights, adult literacy, wellness & emotional resilience. Eating disorders, abuse, self-neglect & anxiety — you name it, I wrote the curriculum…xeroxed the worksheets . . and hung the ‘Welcome’ sign on the door.
My life has always been filled with beautiful women, big ideas — and bliss-sucking challenges.
I’ve personally struggled (to put it mildly) with the sickening pain of low self-esteem, warped body image & dizzying migraines. I’ve been on 65 diets. I’ve starved, binged, broken down & wept. I’ve been told I was too fat to do yoga (EXCUSE me?!). I’ve experienced death, loss & unspeakable grief. I’ve hunted for community, and found echoes & misunderstanding.
I’m also hysterical, foxy, highly intuitive & prone to outbursts of unabashed optimism.
Yoga is the technology & foundation of my well-lived life — and well-loved body. It’s changed my world, rocked my core — and become my life’s work.
How Curvy Yoga Was Born
As I moved through my own Yoga adventure, I realized that there was a big, gaping hole in the Yogaverse — a space where curvy women could get information on how to start a yoga practice. Safely. Serenely. At home.
And then I discovered another big, gaping hole — a space where yoga teachers could learn how to guide & instruct their curvy students. Without worrying that they were doing — or saying — something w-r-o-n-g.
I looked for support, and found misinformation, mystification — and a maddening lack of options. (Boo.)
So I created a big, curvy website — and a big, curvy business — to offer tools, techniques & resources for yogis & teachers alike. Curvy Yoga was born. (Yes, you may cheer.)
Off the mat. Into the future.
Curvy Yoga is celebrating its fourth year of classes, courses & collaborations. Needless to say — this lovefest is just getting started.
Stay on the radar for live events, (even more) certification courses, a brand-new book (!) and local classes all over the nation.
It just keeps getting Curvier up in here. And I’m honored you’re part of my story.
Need my official bio?
Anna Guest-Jelley is founder and CEO (Curvy Executive Officer) at Curvy Yoga, a training and inspiration portal offering classes, workshops, teacher trainings, retreats and lots of love and support to women of every size, age and ability — in six different countries, on three different continents, as well as in over 30 of the United States.
Anna is a writer, teacher and lifelong champion for women’s empowerment and body acceptance. Author of, “Permission to Curve: Inspiring Poses for Curvy Yogis & Their Teachers,” and co-editor of an anthology on yoga and body image coming out Fall 2014 (with Llewellyn), Anna has been featured online and in print at The Washington Post, xoJane, US News & World Report, Southern Living, Vogue Italia, Yoga International, Yoga Journal, CrazySexyLife and more. Visit Curvy Yoga online at CurvyYoga.com.
Don’t miss a single curve.