The Curvy Seven with Jessamyn Stanley

Happy to introduce this month’s yogi in our Curvy Seven feature! To see everyone who has been interviewed, please click here. 1. What’s your yoga origin story? Like (seemingly) most people, I began practicing yoga during a very difficult point in my life. I was 24, and thus completely consumed in the elementary dramatics of being that age. I was studying in a graduate program that didn’t quite fit with my ever evolving goals, as well as coping with the end of a long-term relationship. In fall 2011, one of my classmates encouraged me to purchase a groupon unlimited pass to our local Bikram yoga studio. I had actually tried Bikram once before, when I was in my teens- my experience
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How Do I Get My Family to Practice Yoga Too?

In this weeks From the Curvy Mat video the question is one that has made me chuckle from time to time, “How Do I Get My Family to Practice Yoga Too?” In this video you will see: Ask yourself this: do you want them to practice with you? If yes, my suggestion to help you get them on board with you What NOT to do when trying to sway family to join you …and more! If you have suggestions on what’s worked for you..OR what hasn’t..in getting your family to do yoga with you, please let us know in the comments below! Prefer to read a transcript? Click here. Share the blog! Tweet: How Do I Get My Family to Practice Yoga Too? by @CurvyYoga — http://bit.ly/1xfqoZ7 Tweet:
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How to Find a Curvy Friendly Yoga Class

Share the blog! Tweet: How to Find a Curvy Friendly Yoga Class, a @CurvyYoga #infographic — http://bit.ly/1otSTzl Tweet: Love the @CurvyYoga Illustrated #infographics! Check this one out on how to find a yoga class! — http://bit.ly/1otSTzl

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Love, Curvy Yoga – Episode Sixteen: An Interview with Pleasance Silicki

In today’s episode of Love, Curvy Yoga, we interview Pleasance Silicki! Pleasance runs an incredible yoga studio in DC called lil omm that I had the pleasure of visiting, and she also was one of the first people to be really thrilled to have Curvy Yoga at her studio, through an incredible teacher, Dena Kahn. I am so excited for y’all to get to meet her! Inside this episode, you’ll hear us talk more about: How yoga came into Pleasance’s life Why it is important to Pleasance to include yoga students of all shapes and sizes in her studio Inspiring books she is reading or has read How to create a Curvy Yoga friendly environment as a teacher and studio owner And,
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There’s a Word for That

I was recently planning a teaching activity. To make it fun, I thought I’d break the group into teams, then have one member from each team compete in a silly game. Whoever won the game would get to answer a question for a chance to win a point. Then we’d keep on like that until we’d either run out of questions or time. When I realized this would mean me coming up with a bare minimum of 10 different games for people to play, I wasn’t deterred. I googled and found games that would work, though it wasn’t easy because they all had to be simple enough to explain quickly. As I went back through my plan, I realized that
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I Experience Self-Doubt Daily: How I Deal

When I say I experience self-doubt daily, I’m being pretty generous. Hourly is often more like it, and sometimes minutely (if that’s a thing, but if not, I’m making it one). Let’s just take this morning as an example. I had a call scheduled with a great website about writing for them. Exciting, right? Yes! And . . . Minutes before the call, I was sitting at my desk with my feet perched on the edge of my chair, doing the seated version of pacing the room. My tummy was shimmery (my code word for nervous) and my thought process went something like this: “This is so great! But, I don’t think I came up with enough good ideas for
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How Do I Actually Listen to My Body?

In this weeks From the Curvy Mat video the question is one that I have spend a quite a bit of time thinking about, practicing and teaching: “How Do I Actually Listen to My Body?” In this video you will see: New ways to engage with the idea of listening to your body How it seems easier to say than to do: Listen to your body! How to break the process down into smaller steps …and more! If you have suggestions or a story to share with your process in listening to your body, please let us know in the comments below! Prefer to read a transcript? Click here. Share the blog! Tweet: How Do I Actually Listen to My Body? by @CurvyYoga — http://bit.ly/1sRUie6 Tweet: What
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Curvy Yoga Monthly Round Up – October 2014!

If you’re like me, you see soooooo many good things to read, watch and listen to during the month. But sometimes it’s challenging to check those things out and keep track of the links. If that sounds familiar, you’re gonna love this new round-up because we’ve gathered together some of our fav resources we’ve come across in the past month, as well as our goodies you might have missed. Let’s get to it! Reading We Loved This Month : #SizeDoesntMatter Challenge Shows That Plus Size Women Can Do Yoga Too, Plus Model Mag : Body-Positive Yoga: The Aging Yoga Body, Charlotte Bell : None of It Was a Mistake, Kylie Bellard : I Am a Woman Reclaiming Body Trust, Hilary
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Love, Curvy Yoga – Episode Fifteen: An Interview with Linda Bacon

In today’s episode of Love, Curvy Yoga, we interview Linda Bacon! Linda specializes in psychotherapy and physiology with a focus on eating disorders and body image! So much to learn from Linda! Inside this episode, you’ll hear us talk more about: What HAES is and how it became the focus of Linda’s life’s work The HAES approach to movement, particularly where yoga comes into play What Linda thinks the most pressing work to be done around reducing weight stigma is right now And, so much more! Meet Our Guest, Linda Bacon Linda Bacon, PhD, is a researcher on the inside track of weight regulation science – a scientist whose three graduate degrees, research, and clinical expertise uniquely prepare her to understand and translate the physiological, psychological, and
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95% of Life is Learning to Withstand Feeling

The night before Curve Camp started, I didn’t feel right. My heart was racing a bit, and I kept feeling a familiar feeling — a rush of heat and energy from my low belly to the top of my head. As I laid in bed, I sent out a request to the universe: “Please let me stop feeling this right now.” Oh, and “If I could never feel this ever again, that would be really great.” kthxbye What Stress? I never used to think I got nervous. But I would did get sick a lot, somehow always right before I had something big, new or (worse!) big and new to do. It took me longer than I’d like to admit
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