The Curvy Seven with Lisa Jones

So excited for you to meet 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? A friend invited me to my first yoga class in 2010. When she told me the location of the studio, I literally “rolled” my eyes. It was located inside a swanky upscale studio. Nonetheless, I was committed to showing up. Everything about the yoga studio was foreign to me—from the cubby hole storage area where class attendees disrobed to collecting mats and blocks before class—it was like entering a strange world. I noticed quite quickly that I was the only plus-sized woman in the class but as a black, female, plus-sized
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What’s the Worst Thing Anyone Has Ever Said to You About Your Yoga Practice?

Not everyone is supportive or understand the ideas behind Curvy Yoga, and sometimes not so nice things can be said – that is what I am talking about in today’s “From the Curvy Mat” video! The question I received I was a little hesitant to dive into, but I think it is important to talk about! “What’s the Worst Thing Anyone Has Ever Said to You About Your Yoga Practice?” In this video you will see: A tip I have should you decide to write or blog online about curvy yoga and body positivity! The comment that really struck me in the heart. Plus more on this hard topic! Once you watch, let us know in the comments below, what is
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Celebrating Our 4th Anniversary, Brand New Website and YOU! (Goodies Inside!)

Four years ago today, this website was born. I had already been teaching for a year or so before that, but until then I hadn’t decided on a name or created a web presence. My sweet husband created the first (and second!) iteration of the site, and my wonderful sister-in-law created the logo. When the site went live, I had no clue what I was doing. I started a blog, and I’m pretty sure I had three readers – on a good day (at least two of whom were related to me). I had no vision for what it would become, nor any intention to start a business. I started Curvy Yoga because I’d always wanted to find something like
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What Do You Believe?

I believe in the beauty of curves. That individual expression is the best way to go. And that it is possible to love your body, even on days when you don’t like it. I believe in the many shapes and faces and sizes of us. That reclaiming our voice is our most important work. And that we can use it to trumpet the good word that we’re uniquely here to offer. I believe in not making yourself small to suit someone else’s need. That you can take the leap – your leap. And that trusting your gut and following what makes your heart swell is the path. I believe in fat girls stepping forth. And thin girls stepping in to
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What If You Don’t Make Your Body Wrong?

The other morning as I was getting dressed, I absentmindedly rubbed my belly while thinking about something. The sensation was pleasant. My belly was soft, and it was warm to the touch. But then I snapped to. My inner dialogue went like this: What was I doing?! Sheesh, had my belly gotten bigger since last week? These rolls are disgusting! I wish I could just cut the whole thing…” In the middle of this self-tirade, something new happened. Rather than continuing and sending me down the chute of hatred, a little question popped into my mind out of nowhere: “What if you didn’t make your belly wrong?” Protestations Well, that stopped me in my tracks. But only for about 2
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Love, Curvy Yoga – Episode One: An Interview with Dr. Melody Moore of Embody Love Movement

In our very first episode of Love, Curvy Yoga, we interview Dr. Melody Moore of the Embody Love Movement. Given the incredible work that Dr. Moore has done thus far on yoga and body acceptance, with Embody Love and through her other work, she was a perfect choice for our inaugural podcast. We are so happy to share her and her insights with you in this way! In This Episode In our interview we go deep on the following topics: What “embodying love” means and why it’s important for your life Why it’s important to identify what the feeling of “hunger” is telling us about what we need What the Embody Love Movement is and why it’s important for young people
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What is the Top Benefit of Yoga for Curvy Folks?

Are you your own best ally when it comes to speaking up about what is happening in and with your body? If not, today’s episode of “From the Curvy Mat” will show you that doing yoga can actually benefit your life in a surprising (and empowering!) way! The question I received was: “What is the top benefit of yoga for curvy folks?”   In this video you will: Hear about an experience I had with a medical practitioner Learn why tuning into your body is so important And more! Once you watch, let us know in the comments below, what do you think the top benefit of yoga is for curvy folks? Prefer to read a transcript? Click here.  Share the blog!
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How Community Organizing Built Curvy Yoga

This piece is part of my friend Racheal from The Yogipreneur’s  ♥ Your Community Blog Tour. I’m honored to be part of it!  Before I started Curvy Yoga, I was an activist and community organizer. I worked on a variety of different issues, mostly pertaining to women’s rights in various capacities. That time in my life was all about clipboards, phone banks and late-night strategy meetings. What I learned from the radical and wise women who mentored me is that the personal is political. And that, yes, that’s more than a t-shirt slogan. What We Can Do Together  What I learned about “the personal is political” isn’t the way it’s often illustrated in mainstream culture, as a trivial way of
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Someone Told Me I Love Myself Too Much. Is That Possible?

Not too long ago, someone tried to hurt me by telling me I loved myself too much. This person was angry with me and clearly knew where I was vulnerable. They went for the wound. And to be honest, it worked. At least for a bit. As someone who has spent years learning how to tolerate and accept myself, much less love myself, I’m sensitive to the idea that I could have gone too far. That’s one of the things my inner critic will tell me to knock me off track – that it’s selfish, greedy, indulgent or pointless to show myself kindness and love. That voice says the same thing this person did: You’re too much, you think too
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A Deeper Meaning of Hunger

I started practicing yoga when I was still dieting constantly. I mean, I saw yoga as a way to (hopefully) reduce the pain from my chronic migraines, but secretly I didn’t mind too much if that didn’t happen because I was also hoping it would magically make me lose weight. Much to my chagrin, though, that didn’t happen (although it did help my migraines, which was major). What happened instead is that I slowly started to be able to connect with my body and feel what was actually happening with it. This might sound minor, but for me it was truly transformative. Around the same time this connection was opening up for me, I started to find the body acceptance
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