The Curvy Seven with Alex van Frank

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? I don’t really remember the exact time yoga came into my life. It has been woven into my life at various points. The most profound time that it really comes to memory is immediately after the events of September 11th, 2001. I was living in Italy and I had been looking forward to seeing my teachers, Amy Ippoliti and Jane Fryer, come to Italy. It was a turbulent time and I wasn’t sure if they would make the journey. They did. The week I spent with them was a profound week of healing, love
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Love, Curvy Yoga – Episode Ten: An Interview with Susan Piver

In today’s episode of Love, Curvy Yoga, we interview Susan Piver – a deeply intuitive and innovative thinker. Inside this episode, you’ll hear us talk more about: What brought Susan to meditation The top 3 reasons people tell you they can’t meditate If and how yoga and mediation support each other What is the relationship is between meditation and self-acceptance Why Susan meditates with eyes open The one thing Susan wishes everyone knew about meditation And, so much more! Meet Our Guest, Susan Piver Susan Piver is a Buddhist teacher and the New York Times bestselling author of eight books, including The Hard Questions and the award-winning How Not to Be Afraid of Your Own Life. Her latest books are entitled The Wisdom of a Broken Heart
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“Love Your Curves!” Well, Except Yours, Obviously

Have you seen that YouTube video of the kid who is so hopped up after being at the dentist that he existentially (and inadvertently) questions, “Is this real life?” That’s pretty much how I felt, minus the feel-good effects, after reading the most recent issue of Yoga Journal. As I flipped through the Table of Contents, I felt a flush of disbelief and excitement (disexcitement?) when I saw that an article called “Love Your Curves” was included. I joked with my husband that Curvy Yoga, the body positive yoga for people of all shapes and sizes that I’ve been teaching for over five years, must have finally made it because it had been co-opted without being referenced. The ultimate backwards
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How Curvy Yoga Works

Share the blog! Tweet: How @CurvyYoga Works – an #infographic – http://bit.ly/1sIcngN Tweet: Love the new @CurvyYoga Illustrated #infographics! Check this one out, on How Curvy Yoga Works! – http://bit.ly/1sIcngN

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The Unexpected Side Effect of Poetry on Body Image

When I think about poetry, I usually wince. Not because I don’t enjoy it (I do) but because of my earnest poetry stage in college. It was all thinly veiled references to drama of the day, complete with nature metaphors and ennui. As you do. Shifting Sands After college I went to graduate school for a master’s degree in English, whereby I quickly became too dumb to even consider being able to engage in poetry. I wasn’t in the creative writing program, so I just wrote myself off as having anything to do with that world. But several years later as I began my body acceptance journey, I began to come across some poems celebrating bodies that just made me
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How Has Your Journey to Body Acceptance Changed Your Relationships?

In this weeks From the Curvy Mat video, I talk about a subject that makes me tear up just thinking about it — “How Has Your Journey to Body Acceptance Changed Your Relationships?” In this video you will see: Why this topic has me so emotional How I believe that being more body positive has changed ALL my relationships Which relationships it has affected the most …and more! Once you watch, let us know how has your journey on the path to body positivity changed your relationships and any tips that you may have in dealing with these relationships, please do share those in the comments below. Prefer to read a transcript? Click here. Share the blog! Tweet: How Has Your Journey to Body Acceptance Changed
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This is Our Rallying Cry

All bodies have the inherent right to exist without shame. And yoga is a tool to connect with your body in a world that often tells us to do anything but. Yet yoga has been kept from too many of us for far too long. So we’re changing that. We’re coming back to our bodies if we’ve left or renewing our relationships if we’ve been there all along. As we connect with our selves and bodies better, it becomes easier to connect with others. And to get a clearer picture of the world we want to live in. From embodiment to empowerment. From empowerment to change. My breath becomes our breaths. My action with yours becomes ours. There’s no dissolving
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Love, Curvy Yoga – Episode Nine: An Interview with Tanya Geisler

In today’s episode of Love, Curvy Yoga, we interview Tanya Geisler – who helps everyone find their recipe for their personal brand of joy. Inside this episode, you’ll hear us talk more about: How thinking back onto childhood and relationship with her body molded her later in life. Why we are of the thinking that we don’t deserve success How we recognize if we are in the Imposter Complex How to step into your Starring Role And, so much more! Meet Our Guest, Tanya Geisler Tanya Geisler is Leadership Coach (CPCC, ACC) with a penchant for clarity and an abhorrence of the Impostor Complex. She’s coached hundreds of people who were ready to step into the starring roles of their lives. She wrote The 12
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Why Pay Twice?

The only thing that gets me through folding the laundry is listening to podcasts. Ditto for doing the dishes, driving in the car, and plucking my eyebrows, among others. One of my podcast loves is On Being (seriously; if you’re not already listening, check it out!). I recently listened to the episode with Dr. Ellen Langer called “Science of Mindlessness and Mindfulness.” At the very end of the interview, she made a somewhat throwaway comment that dramatically changed the way I think. This is how it goes sometimes, isn’t it? We never know what someone else needs to hear. Why Pay Twice? Dr. Langer shared a story about when a fire destroyed the majority of what she owned. She said that
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Welcome Our July Curvy Yoga Teacher!

We have a wonderful new Curvy Yoga teacher this month! I am excited to share her with you! To see a full list of our Curvy Yoga Certified teachers, please click here. Olwen Wilson Location: Waterloo, Ontario, Canada Tell us a little about your relationship with yoga — both your practice and your teaching. Like any relationship, it has had its fair share of good times and bad. I admired yoga from afar for a long while before I decided to try it. We broke up. Got back together. Repeated that cycle a few more times. Then I got over my fear of commitment and began to practice on a more regular basis. That is when my world changed for the better. I noticed
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