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1/12/10 9:07 A

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There is a dvd called Heavyweight Yoga that is good. Don;t be put off by the name, it is very well done, anyone can do it and the instructor shows you how to work around any areas of "excess" you have to get into the poses. It was actually reviewed on the SP website by Coach Nicole. Here is the link to it on amazon, http://www.amazon.com/HeavyWeight-Yoga-Bod
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1/11/10 11:51 P

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I'm glad this question was asked! I have a bit of trouble myself!

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1/10/10 3:35 P

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such great feedback everyone!

Thanks so much :)

Nomistake..ahem...I mean Namaste :)

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1/10/10 2:59 P

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I like the nomistake/Namaste word play. Food for thought for this week's practice!

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1/10/10 11:45 A

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I recently taught yoga to classes of 3 year olds. One went home and told his mother he had learned a new word in yoga. (I had taught them to begin and end our practice with Namaste - told them it meant the good in me says hello to the good in you.) He told him mother the new word was nomistake. Hold that in your mind in every yoga practice...there are no mistakes, only learning and our bodies as they are in the moment. I am a yoga teacher and still have huge issues with balance poses. Keep at it because I can see it brings you joy.

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1/9/10 11:03 A

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Thank you for sharing your insightfull comments. I also meet my share of challenges in my practice and I believe that they always are an invitation to gain greater acceptance of who and where we are at with regards to our practice. I focus on the breath and letting go of attachment to being perfect in the pose. What a relief! Good luck in finding a style and teacher to guide you.

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1/8/10 10:12 P

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Finding an instructor that you feel comfortable approacing is very helpful. Also, I would suggest shopping around different studios to see what type works for you. I currently attend a para yoga studio that offers a variety of classes..restorative to vinyassa. I really enoyed Iyengar too because of its focus on form. That being said, I think that most yogis have trouble with some poses no matter what their size or shape. I cannot for the life of me swing my leg forward from downward dog to lunge. I always have to drop my knee down to the ground.

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1/8/10 9:06 P

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One thing I love about yoga is that anyone can do it. FInd a teacher who will help you with modifications. My yoga teacher is great in helping us more rotund studnts find modifications or alternate posed that give us the same benefit .

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1/8/10 7:29 A

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I know how you feel - I have short arms and larger thighs, and I sometimes have trouble with binding poses. Can't quite get my arms around (yet!). Whenever my yoga teachers see anyone that can't quite get into the essence of the pose they hep quite us into a modification. After you're comfortable with the modification, you can try to get a little closer to the pose, then closer still. Just take small steps and you'll be there sooner than you think. Hang in there!

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1/8/10 3:28 A

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google 'yoga for round bodies' and you'll find some resources, and maybe get some ideas...

Best wishes to you for meeting your goals!

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1/8/10 1:59 A

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Check out the book "Yoga from the Inside Out: Making Peace with Your Body" by Christina Sell. I have never lived with an eating disorder (preamble to her book) but the book was very empowering to me for accepting my body and my practice exactly where it is :)

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1/8/10 12:34 A

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It's not just difficult for the overweight it's also difficult for the slim people too at the beginning. Hang in there it will get easier.

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1/7/10 11:22 P

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Hi there, I'm new to the "yoga lovers" team and wanted to seek some advice. I've been to a few yoga studios and absolutely love it. I've mostly tried Ashtanga yoga. I do find some of the positions difficult to do since a lot of my weight is in the midsection. My stomach gets in the way with a lot of stretches. I'm quite flexible but my stomach gets in the way :( I don't want to stop doing yoga as I love the feeling I get when I am doing it. Can someone suggest some tips or perhaps another form of yoga?

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