Wednesday, 28 March 2012

Curvy Girls Do Yoga Too

Wide-Leg Seated Forward Fold (Upavista Konasana)

Modified Child's Pose (Balasana)

I hate to admit it, but these photos have been hanging around in my files since Autumn of 2008. 

My Mom took them for a project that never quite saw the light of day.

Although I could have posted them here long ago, I didn't.

Why not?

Downward Dog Pose (Adho Mukha Svanasana)

Well, frankly, I didn't like the way I looked so I didn't want anyone to see them. 

In fact, I didn't want to have to look at them myself.

But yesterday I came across some inspiration - a community of  curvy yoginis who practice with passion and ahimsa, look awesome and aren't afraid to show it!

Anna Guest-Jelley of Curvy Yoga in Nashville is gathering photos for her gallery as a loving response to the lack of representation we curvy girls (and big guys for that matter) get in yoga magazines and marketing.

Reading her body-positive posts and the feedback from her readers inspired me to send a few for her to choose from. 

She selected this one of me in the Bear Pose which she called "Totally fab!". 

Thank you Anna!  Namaste!  I really REALLY needed that!

Drawing on her courage and community I decided to, as Anna puts it, "grab life by the curves" and share them here too.
Bear Pose (Urdhva Upavista Konasana)
Wonder where the name of the asana comes from?  Nature, of course!  Need some proof?
bear yoga
Photo by : Meta Penca/BNPS
Look at Santra the Bear practicing one of several yoga asanas that are part of her personal stretching routine at Ahtari Zoo in Finland!

Click here to read more about Santra the Bear's Yoga routine!

I guess curvy bears do yoga too!  Jai!


  1. LOVE this! Your pics inspired me, too. Keep rockin' your curves!

    1. Curvy or not it's your soul that counts! To me you look beautiful either way! Namasteji!

      Nicole 57 yrs old and Beyond Curvy

  2. Tara! i just loved today's blog! i love following your blog. i get email updates and they make my day. Also i teach Curvy yoga in Edm! i am going to share this blog post with all the ladies i see.
    great encouragement and you look fan~freakingtastic in your asanas. I love seeing how we all make it "our" yoga

    Namaste many blessings
    Shandel Parsons