The Curvy Seven with Jessamyn Stanley

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? Like (seemingly) most people, I began practicing yoga during a very difficult point in my life. I was 24, and thus completely consumed in the elementary dramatics of being that age. I was studying in a graduate program that didn’t quite fit with my ever evolving goals, as well as coping with the end of a long-term relationship. In fall 2011, one of my classmates encouraged me to purchase a groupon unlimited pass to our local Bikram yoga studio. I had actually tried Bikram once before, when I was in my teens- my experience
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The Curvy Seven with Kate Connell

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? In high school I had a girl crush on a fellow swimmer. She surfed and explored the world and had just come back from a 200 hour yoga teacher training (she was 17!) and I wanted to be just like her – confident, care-free, and seriously in love with life. After the inspiration, I headed to a group-led yoga class in a poorly lit small town gym. For the first time in my life, I felt physically good at something… physical. After years of being sick on the days we ran the mile at
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The Curvy Seven with Judith Curiel

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? Yoga found me when I was in my late forties. I was curious about yoga for a while so I tried a class at my local gym. It was way too challenging but the instructor gave me the names of two local studios to try. She said, “ this is for you…your whole face changes during savasana, don’t stop”. I signed up for an eight week introductory class at one of those studios on Monday evenings. After the second class, I asked the instructor if there were any more similar classes that week. She
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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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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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The Curvy Seven with Tara Swiger

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? Well, the first time I tried it was with one of those awful yoga-as-a-workout VHS tapes that my college roommate had. We did it a few times together, but it entirely missed the point of body love and acceptance. But it did spark a lot of inside jokes (our favorite move: Balancing stick…with reciprocal arms). I actually came to yoga via, of all things, a blog I read for business-y advice. I was reading Havi’s site (waaaay back in 2008!), and she referred to yoga as the art of getting to know yourself. And
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The Curvy Seven with Kimberly Dark!

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? In the early 1970s, Lilias, Yoga and You was on public television at 6 a.m.  That’s the channel I was allowed to watch, as a small child, when I woke up earlier than my parents. I’d do yoga and eat Fruity Pebbles cereal out of the box until my parents awoke.  She had very long hair, braided over to one side and she looked so wholesome in a leotard and tights. I didn’t return to yoga until 1991 when my son was small and my low back “went out.”  I was a sore hobbling
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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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The Curvy Seven with Hilary Kinavey

So excited for you to meet this month’s yogi! To see everyone who has been interviewed, please click here. 1. What’s your yoga origin story? The yoga studio was literally across the street from my apartment building.  I signed up for immersion (5 early mornings a week) and more mornings than not, I rolled out of bed and into yoga.   Why did this stick when at other times it didn’t? It was a time in my life where I was taking a leap, creating a business that expresses a deep, albeit vulnerable, belief in the right for all women to rid themselves of the bully of a dieting mind and live wholeheartedly in the bodies they have…and I was excited, anxious
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The Curvy Seven with Lindsey Averill

So excited for you to meet this month’s yogi! To see everyone who has been interviewed, please click here. 1. What’s your yoga origin story?       Oh, wow. So, this is going to shed light on the path I took to become who I am today but I’m going share it because I feel like our journeys are important. As some of you may know, I’m a feminist body-positive coach and activist, and I work particularly hard to help fat women know that they have as much right to cultural acceptance, respect and love as anyone else.  That said, I began practicing yoga about 15 years ago when I was living at Structure House, which is a weight-loss facility for
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