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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I Can NOT Relax in Savasana

Do you find it hard to rest and relax in savasana? You are not alone and I am talking about it in this weeks From the Curvy Mat video! In this video you will see: How to find where in your body you cannot relax What you can focus on to help in savasana Why it is OK if you can’t relax from time to time …and more! Once you watch, if you have tips on how you get relaxed into savasana, please do share those in the comments below. Prefer to read a transcript? Click here. Share the blog: Tweet: I Can NOT Relax in Savasana — From the Curvy Mat Video from @CurvyYoga http://bit.ly/1kZZcna Tweet: How do you get relaxed for savasana? Let
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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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