Welcome Our July 2015 Curvy Yoga Teachers!

We have a wonderful new Curvy Yoga teacher this month! I am excited to share them with you! To see a full list of our Curvy Yoga Certified teachers, please click here. Beth Berila Location: Minneapolis, MN Tell us a little about your relationship with yoga — both your practice and your teaching. Yoga has offered me a path to wholeness. For me, it is about transformation, compassion, and empowerment. As such, it is deeply connected to the other work I do as a Women;s Studies professor at St. Cloud State University. I hope that as students sink into their yoga practice, they learn more about themselves and learn to meet both themselves and others with kindness and compassion. Yoga also offers us
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Welcome Our June 2015 Curvy Yoga Teachers!

We have a wonderful new Curvy Yoga teacher this month! I am excited to share them with you! To see a full list of our Curvy Yoga Certified teachers, please click here. Jackie MacKay Location: Manassas, VA Tell us a little about your relationship with yoga — both your practice and your teaching. My yoga journey began in 2009 when I was looking for an holistic alternative to help with severe arthritis in her hips. My journey led her to desire more from her practice than just the poses-it helped fuel a passion to show others the benefits of developing a yoga practice. As I expanded her own practice with teacher training, I was fortunate to also be able to receive my certification
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Why We Still Need Curvy Yoga

Someone recently tweeted me an article about how there’s no need for Curvy Yoga or other similar styles that specifically meet curvy folks’ needs because “being fat (yes, I finally said it) is not a special need” and “Yoga doesn’t care what you look like.”   The writer goes on to ask: “What about being a ‘curvy-girl’ makes you need a specific and unique practice?” and insists there’s already a style of yoga to meet any curvy need.   I would love to agree that curvy folks can drop into any yoga class no problem . . . if only we lived in a world where that was true.   Because while the practice of Yoga doesn’t care what you
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Put the Hammer Down

I was chatting with a friend recently when she sheepishly mentioned something she wanted to change about her body.   “I don’t know if I want to tell you,” she squeaked out tentatively.   “It’s fine; just tell me,” I responded with a smile.   “But I feel conflicted about this change in some ways myself; it makes me feel like I might not be fully accepting of my body.”   I laughed and said, “Who is?”   But I also followed up and said: “People get the mistaken idea that acceptance means you never change, but that couldn’t be true even if we wanted it to be. Our bodies are always changing, so acceptance can never be a static
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Finding the Right-Sized Life (or Business) for You — By First Choosing the Wrong Size

At the beginning of this year, after my seemingly most successful year so far, I wasn’t sure how I could keep Curvy Yoga going.   In 2014, I led two 200hr yoga teacher trainings; brought six groups through a three-month online Certification process; opened a yoga studio; had a book come out; launched a brand new website and podcast; led three retreats across the country; and kept up with the daily admin of blogging; social media; email; and managing a four-person team.   Every time I talked to someone, they’d say “Wow! You’re having such a great year!” or “Look at all that you’re doing! Congrats!”   For a while, that felt really good. Really, really good.   But then,
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How I Remember What’s True

“How do you learn to love your body?” she asked. “Well,” I answered, “I think it’s best to take love off the table at first. If it feels like too far of a leap, it’s easy to feel like a failure and give up.” “So what do you do instead?” she followed up. “Start where you are,” I responded. “Wouldn’t you say that’s true about life, too?” she asked A laugh emerged from somewhere deep inside. “Yes, I’d say so,” I admitted. “You can say that about so many things.” — When I was a child, I felt most seen by the girl heroes of my favorite novels: Harriet of Harriet the Spy, Mary of The Secret Garden, Anne of
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How you’ll find your way through. Because you will.

Place one block at the top of your mat on the medium or high height. Place another in front of it on the low height, making a T.   I only saw my first therapist once, because my nutritionist thought I should. I’d do anything she said, no matter how inane, because I was really hoping she held the key to why I could never get my shit together and lose weight. When I went into the therapist’s office, she sat 3 inches away from me, and I couldn’t take it. She was a graduate student, so maybe it was an experiment. If so, it didn’t work. Or maybe it did, I don’t know. Years later when I returned to
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I Eat in the Light Now

I used to hide food in the dark: backs of drawers, under the bed, corners of the closet and in zipped pockets of purses. Now all my food is in kitchen cabinets, where the light can find it. When I think of all the food I used to hide, for some reason the first, and sometimes only, thing that comes to mind is Ritz crackers. I can still taste the first bite — crisp then crumbly, salty then buttery. Sometimes I would eat them so quickly that they would get stuck in my throat. I’d have to then take a minute, maybe two, to generate some extra saliva so I could mash it all up, and then I’d have a
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The Curvy Seven with Valerie of Big Gal Yoga

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 started my yoga journey when I took a semester yoga class at my university. It was years earlier that I had wanted to try out yoga, but things always came up. My best friend had taken yoga a semester before me, and it had reminded me that I wanted to do it too. I remember the first class being surprised that doing simple poses was so difficult, but being excited to keep it up and get better at it. My yoga instructor was an older man named Lawrence Caughlin and he was very
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Spread the Curvy Valentine Love!

How are you during this week of love? I hope you’re finding some time to share it with yourself! Goodness knows we can all use it, can’t we? A couple months ago I was thinking ahead to this very week, and I thought it would be SO fun to create some body affirming Valentines for you to share with friends. It’s like the old-school Care Bears paper valentines, now made digital and body positive. So cute, right?! Six CurvyGrams are waiting for you to share! Click here to do just that (it’s free!): http://www.curvyyoga.com/curvygrams/. Hope you have a blast with them! As you check them out and share, do know that each one is also a message from me to you: I
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