I've heard, and said, many times that yoga is about the journey, not the destination. So let yourself go with whatever stage of your journey you are at.
Everyone can can do yoga and we welcome all shapes and sizes at Maitri Fitness, as everyone has a different body, and if yours happens to be a little larger then there are a number of things that you can do to ease your yoga practice. Remember that that the teacher cannot read your mind, so if something is uncomfortable the most important thing is to ask for an adjustment or alternative. There's no need to shout out in front of everyone, just a subtle "excuse me" usually does the trick.
Follow our guide and enjoy your yoga practice, no matter what shape, size of flexibility level you have:
1. Alter the pose to suit you - Ask your teacher for suggestions on how to alter the pose if you're uncomfortable. There's a difference between being lazy and not being able to attain a pose because of your size.
2. Use props - There are many specific yoga props that can help make yoga poses more comfortable when you face mobility and flexibility issues due to your size. Bolsters, blocks and belts are the basic props and you can use whatever is around you, a chair, wall or even a friend to help out.
3. Take a wider stance - Any pose that involves having the feet together, i.e. Tadasana/Mountain, can be adjusted so that you have your feet apart. Another pose that is easily altered is Ashva Sanchalanasana/High Lunge, where you can place the front foot outside the hand.
4. Move excess body bits out the way - Think of it as the same way you'd move your hair out the way if it was going to get caught. You can't just tie up your boobs or your belly, but you can gently and discreetly use a hand or elbow to move them out the way.
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6. Feel comfortable in your clothes - There's no need to wear skimpy tight-fitting lycra outfits to your yoga class. As long as you have a full range of movement you can wear whatever you choose. It's true that it's easier for the teacher to see exactly how you have yourself positioned if you have fitted yoga clothes, but you can generally see the outline of a limb through most clothes, or the teacher can ask or check by touch.