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?
If my body could tell you it’s story, it would go a li’l something like this:
So, if you didn’t know already, she digs on me.
She likes how I curve at her hip, she likes how I roll her flesh into a chubby buddha belly, she likes how pretty I look with ink splashed on me, she likes how I rock an accessory. Most of all, she likes that she can reside in me, without apology.
You see, I’ve always been a ‘big girl’ body, but for the most part of her residence in it, she’s made apologies for me. She’s felt like we were taking up too much space, that there was too much of us, and for the longest time, she saw herself as a completely separate entity from me. Our relationship sucked.
It’s true. My body and I simply didn’t get along.
That was BY. Before Yoga.
Enter Yoga, stage left, in all it’s freakin’ awesomeness as the game changer.
The life enhancer.
A year ago, I went to my first yoga class. I wasn’t entirely convinced. I mean, yoga wasn’t for the likes of me. I was a size 18, I was not a fan o’ Lycra and there was nothing even remotely om-like about me.
A year later, I’m a size 20, I still despise Lycra, but damn, g-friend can do yoga.
I’d mistakenly been under the impression that yoga-doing people were long and bendy and really rather glorious. I am not, so I kept my distance from all things bendy-wendy. I figured that when I dropped a few dress sizes, I might join a class. But do you know what?
You should NEVER wait ’til you’ve dropped a dress size to do anything.
I cried in that first class.
I cried because I felt my body move in deliciously different new ways. I opened up my hips – the beau was all kinds o’ happy ’bout that – I stretched, I breathed and I stretched some more. I can’t pretend it was entirely beautiful and serene as my body experienced positions it’d never found itself in – well, not whilst sober anyway – and I was petrified the whole time that I might fart. But despite that, and despite the years of ‘work’ I’d done on myself regarding self-care and self-love, it was the first time my body and I had properly ‘hooked up’.
Yoga is now our hang time together, a time for us to get honest and be real with each other.
2. What pose do you love? Loathe?
I LOVE Utkata Konasana the Goddess Pose, it’s my ultimate SHE pose, super-powerful and I often holler ‘jai Kali Ma’ and stick my tongue out like a fierce-ass when I find myself in it! There’s nothing I loathe ‘bout yoga, I LOVE this shiz. It brings me into love over and over again, I mean I don’t particularly dig inversions but I love the fact I don’t dig them, y’know? It’s good to feel into the places we don’t want to go…
3. What advice would you share with other curvy yogis?
Yoga is nothing to do with size, and everything to do with being real.
If you’re ready to get to know yourself, and let your body lead you in letting you know what it really needs, do it. Do it now.
I arrive at the mat open honest, raw and real and we enter into a divine dance together. We explore each other, rub up against boundaries and resistance and we pulse, together. Yoga has returned me to my body, it’s the only one I’ve got this time round so it makes total sense that I find delicious ways to love it. Kissing it from the inside and allowing it to be pleasured through movement is my show o’ devotion.
4. Who’s your favorite curvy icon?
Just the one? That’s ridiculous.
Miss Piggy. Always.
Tess Munster for her #effyourbeautystandards campaign – freakin’ LOVE that girl – and most importantly, my sweet-ass self for being the creatrix of my awesome life. A life that isn’t defined by my dress size. A life that is filled with love, adventure, hot sex and work that inspires the shit out o’ me. A life where my body and I hook up and make out on a daily basis and refuse to go into a battle fuelled by the media’s ideals of so-called body perfection. High freakin’ fives to me.
5. What’s your favorite yoga resource?
Curvy Yoga. I LOVE this place. If it wasn’t for reading Anna’s blog, I’d never had grown a pair o’ ovaries and took myself to that first class. Thank you for all you do, Miss Anna – forget chest bumping, I am totally ass-bumping you right now!
6. What quote inspires you?
My life philosophy can be pretty much summed up in four quotes from the super-talent that is Dolly Parton (I freakin’ LOVE Dolly!)
“Find out who you are and do it on purpose.”
“My weaknesses have always been food and men – in that order.”
“It’s a good thing I was born a girl, otherwise I’d be a drag queen. ”
and most importantly…
“The magic is inside you. There ain’t no crystal ball.”
7. Wild card: anything else you’d like to share?
Start from where you are. On the mat and in life. Don’t put off doing epic shit because you’re worried what people might think. Or you’re concerned about your chubby tummy, or you’re worried about not being able to rock a certain ensemble because of the size of your ass.
YOU are made entirely o’ awesome.
A whole lot o’ awesome.
Own it. Claim your divine deliciousness.
Take up space. Make no apologies. On the mat and in life.
I dare you.
Lisa Lister is an ink-splashed, belly dancin’, burlesque lovin’ gypsy priestess and is the creatrix of www.sassyology.com – mastery and badass-ery for gutsy girls, author of SASSY: the go-for-it Girl’s Guide to becoming Mistress of Your Destiny and Cooler magazine crowned her ‘the defender of female awesomeness’ who works with girls and women to claim their voices and tell their truth, Boudicca style – rarrrrr!
Lisa is a curvy yoga teacher-in-training and her unique blend o’ freeflow yoga and movement for ALL body shapes – Sassy Flow – will be rolling out in 2014.