I’ve been practising yoga on and off for about 15 years to help with strength, flexibility and mental well being. I’ve used yoga to help heal my body, to give myself much needed “me time” and because I really enjoy it. But in all that time, I have never been to a yoga class with another fat person – that is until Fat Yoga started up here in Auckland. I don’t know where y’all have been before now but I’m really excited to have connected with so many awesome people.
Brought to us by Kristina Cavit from The Kindness Institute and Sarah-Jane Duff from plus size fashion label Lost and Led Astray, Fat Yoga is exactly what it sounds like – a bunch of rad fat babes practising yoga together. I feel more comfortable there than I have practising yoga anywhere else, and while I know it’s meant to help me calm down and destress, it’s actually gotten me excited about yoga again.
Our beautiful yogis ✨In our classes you don’t need to be able to touch your toes, be strong or super fit. It’s ok if you wobble, fall, & need to rest! Fat Yoga is an inclusive practice for all bodies & challenges the damaging idea of a stereotypical ‘yoga body’ (flexible, athletic, slim, white, young & able bodied.) We believe that yoga is about taking care of the mind & not worrying so much about how you look in the physical practice. If you’ve always wanted to give yoga a try, you’re welcome here 💕#everybodyisayogabody
Fat Yoga is about creating a non-judgmental, open minded & body positive space for everyone. Sarah-Jane and Kristina wanted to make yoga accessible, so their classes are suitable for all bodies & fitness levels. Never tried yoga before? That’s okay, beginners are more than welcome.
“We believe that by giving visibility to the word fat, we can take back the power on a word that can be so destructive. Fat is just a descriptive word and everyone has their own relationship with the word. We want to contribute to changing the definition of what society has deemed beautiful, strong and flexible.”
For me, what makes Fat Yoga stand out from other yoga classes is how it makes me feel. I’m surrounded by people with bodies like mine. I feel safe and not at all self-conscious. I feel comfortable speaking up and asking for help with a pose, or for Kristina to suggest a modified pose because I can’t do something. I’m able to relax and focus on me, my breathing, my own practice.
As you all know, I’ve been dealing with knee issues, and practising yoga has helped me to reconnect with my body and practice kindness towards it. I’ve had to take some time away from Fat Yoga classes for the time being while I recover from surgery, but I can’t wait to get back into it. It’s great for my body, for helping me to relax, even just for taking time away from my phone and my work, time for me.
Fat Yoga 6 Week Course
At Ponsonby Community Centre, Ponsonby, Auckland
Wednesday nights from 7-8pm, 16th August – 20th September
Cost is $90 – more details and sign up here.
Have you tried yoga before?
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