The Curvy Seven with Angie Hay

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? When I was a little girl I loved riding my bike, roller skating, dancing, and tromping through the woods behind my house, but when puberty set in, my relationship with my body dissolved.  The only movement practices in my adolescent landscape were sports in gym class and aerobics, and my short legs and big boobs made me feel clumsy, slow, and left out.   I also struggled with depression and disruptive panic attacks starting when I was about 12 that kept me out of school, brought me home from sleepovers, and made me feel like
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Love, Curvy Yoga – Episode Eight: An Interview with Elena Brower

In today’s episode of Love, Curvy Yoga, we interview Elena Brower – who offers yoga as a way to approach our world with realistic reverence and gratitude. Inside this episode, you’ll hear us talk more about: What Elena’s relationship with her body was like as a child How an experience as a camp counselor opened her eyes to her eating habits later in life How your eating habits can impact others without you even knowing it How yoga and teaching yoga has helped Elena deal with demons of eating disorders How to bring your best, highest self into your yoga poses And, so much more! Meet Our Guest, Elena Brower Mama, founder and co-owner of VIRAYOGA, and co-author of Art of Attention, Elena has taught yoga
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Why Body Positive Community Just Might Change Your Life

I’m still soaking up the bliss that was Curve Camp. As I’ve been talking with people about it and what made it such a memorable and powerful event, I keep coming back to one thing: Why Community Matters It hit me from the first moment of the weekend. As I sat in front of the group, preparing to teach our opening yoga practice, I looked across the room and saw 50+ women of every shape, size, age, race, and more who were all excited to be together for a weekend of yoga and body acceptance. I felt tears come into my eyes and I took a deeper than normal inhale as I began to speak. As a curvy woman, it’s
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I’m Opening a Yoga Studio!

I’ve been waiting for months (and really years, in lots of ways) to make this announcement: I’m opening a Curvy Yoga studio in Nashville this fall! I generally hate speaking in cliches, but nothing else will do in this case: This is a dream come true! I couldn’t be happier to be bringing this to the city of my heart. I’m just so thrilled about all the possibilities this creates, both for you Nashvillians who are reading and the rest of you. Weekly classes! Workshops! Continuing education! It’s realllllllly hard to choose what I’m most excited about, but at the top of the list is definitely getting to run the studio with the wonderful Liz Eskridge. Liz is a graduate of
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How do I create my own sequences for home practice?

In today’s From the Curvy Mat video, we talk about a question that lots of us want to know about: “How do I create my own sequences for home practice? In this video you will see: Just how common a question this is A resource you can utilize My top framing questions for figuring out what you need in your home practice …and more! Once you watch, if you have tips on how you determine sequences for your own home practice, please do share those in the comments below. We’ve also created a helpful guide called The Curvy Yoga Guide to Creating Your Own Body Positive Sequence that you can download for FREE right here on our website.   Prefer to read a transcript? Click here. Share
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The Courage To Trust Yourself

I’m so excited to be sharing a guest post today from my dear friend Marianne Elliott! I travel. A lot. I calculated that between 2001 and 2008, when I was working as a human rights advocate, the longest consecutive time I slept in the same bed was 11 nights. In the years since I left my last post in Afghanistan I’ve lived in six different houses here in Wellington, and traveled for up to three months a year. As I’ve traveled the past several years, one of the things I’ve most savoured is the opportunity to visit yoga studios all over the world and practice with different teachers. I love a good yoga class. Sustained practice takes community and, yet,
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Love, Curvy Yoga – Episode Seven: An Interview with Pixie Campbell

In today’s episode of Love, Curvy Yoga, we interview Pixie Campbell – who utilizes the transformational tools of shamanism to assist with doing soulwork. Inside this episode, you’ll hear us talk more about: What Pixie’s body image was like as a child and how it molded her femininity growing up What has helped Pixie feel that her body is sacred Examples of themes that come up around women’s thoughts of their bodies How our bodies are vessels for spiritual experiences And, so much more! Meet Our Guest, Pixie Campbell Pixie Campbell is the founder of SouLodge, a women’s community where shamanic skills for self-healing and indigenous principles are applied to modern-day living. She’s spent twenty-four years unlearning “technique” in order to channel meaningful work,
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Note to Self

“Love your body” isn’t just a catch-phrase. It’s a daily practice. Really, a moment-by-moment practice. And you’ve SO got this. Feel your feet on the ground. Take a deep breath. Connect with yourself and remember – just the fact that you’re on this earth is incredible. The world doesn’t want to wait for you to lose 5 more pounds; it wants you to rush out now, arms open wide, ready to embrace whatever comes next.   Share the blog! Tweet: A little “Note to Self” from @CurvyYoga to you! http://bit.ly/1ouSpFv Tweet: “Love your body” isn’t just a catch-phrase says @CurvyYoga in this poem to you! http://bit.ly/1ouSpFv

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Why Curve Camp is Still Blowing My Mind and Heart

Curve Camp happened a couple weeks ago, and I can still barely believe it. It feels like I was transported to a magical land of happy, body positive women, and I keep wondering if it was real. But, thankfully, it most definitely was. I have the photos to prove it. How Community Nourishes Us Whenever anyone asks me how I grew Curvy Yoga, I never take the credit. Instead, I credit our incredible community. Curvy Yoga has formed around people reaching one hand out to us and another hand out to someone else, inviting them in. At Curve Camp, I got to experience that firsthand, and it started almost immediately. As I looked across the room of 50+ yogis that
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How Do You Get Started with Meditation?

In today’s From the Curvy Mat video, we look at a question that I think a lot of people find challenging – “How do you get started with meditation?” In this video you will see: A myth associated with meditation that can hinder people What can happen during a meditation and what to do How to get started off on your mediation journey! …and more! Once you watch, if you have experience in meditating, let us know in the comments below how did you get started and what helped you!? Prefer to read a transcript? Click here. Share the blog! Tweet: How Do You Get Started with Meditation? from @Curvyyoga {Video} http://bit.ly/1jpApYU Tweet: Meditation isn’t all about quieting your mind! Let @CurvyYoga tell you more
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