I am so honored to host a brief Curvy Yoga session at the 2016 Alliance for Eating Disorders Awareness Walk in Boca Raton, Florida this Saturday morning! Many people have been intrigued by the idea of “curvy yoga” and what that means, so let me explain. Curvy Yoga is a brand created by yoga teacher Anna Guest-Jelley out of Nashville, TN to help make yoga body positive and accessible to all bodies, regardless of shape, size, age, ability or experience level. So many people have assumptions about yoga with one of the strongest being that yoga is not available to them in their body type.
Although I am an advocate for body positivity and am a clinician working with eating disorders, I did not go to Anna’s yoga teacher training to bring it to my clients. I actually went to Anna’s yoga teacher training for myself, for personal growth and as a four part retreat. However, once I was done with the training experience, I knew I could not keep this awesomeness that is Curvy Yoga underwraps and am happy to be bringing it to the South Florida community. Currently, I do private one-on-one and small group yoga sessions, so I can be more attuned to the needs of the people I am teaching; creating modifications that feel right to that person as they connect with their body. Even though the Alliance walk yoga session will be a large group and won’t lend itself to as much individual support, my hope is that it will still convey the ideals of non-competitiveness (including with oneself), tuning inward to see what feels good and practicing self-compassion. As Anna taught me, yoga can be “no pain, no pain”.
The Alliance for Eating Disorder Awareness is hosting their annual walk this Saturday, February 27th celebrating everyBody: a walk for eating disorders awareness in Boca Raton. Participation can be registering to walk or making a donation. If you would like to join our team, please visit here and make sure to stop by the OPC booth and participate in a Curvy Yoga session with Karin Lawson after the walk.
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