I’m not sure if you’ve noticed, but hardly anyone ever showed up for yoga to lose weight. Ironically, to be accepted in the yoga room (or at least to feel that way), you had to be slim already. Maybe not flexible, but slim. Apparently, being stiff is forgiveable. But being well-proportioned is not. The pinnacle of this is super fit instructors telling a class of equally skinny students to “move their fat away from the sit bones” in seated postures. Sorry, what?
For a while I had this crazy notion that yoga was working with the mind, through the body. Gosh, I was wrong. The crazier the posture, the more your mind will say: Oh wow, I’m really impressed now. However, Annie Carlin seems to buck the trend. She started teaching yoga to overweight people. And no, it’s not like our fashion industry where clothes are being advertised to “oversized” women (apparently) with models who are still not much bigger than a size 12 (if you’re reading this in Europe).
No, this is different. Annie went all in. She says that she cannot bend forward – not because she’s not flexible. But because her thighs are too big. It’s physically impossible for her to deeply bend forward and keep her feet together. (Now you tell that to your yoga instructor who doesn’t even know what having flesh around your thighs feels like.)
Really, chapeaux to Annie. But honestly, isn’t the main thing you notice her all-encompassing smile? This woman LOVES yoga. Congratulations for standing up against a dangerous trend of yoga becoming a domain of the fit, young and healthy wearing lots of spandex.
If you’d like to read more, here’s the full story of Annie, who is looking more zen upside down than most people I have seen in headstand.
Cheers to Annie!
P.S. And no, you’re not weaker – you’ve just got more to lift! ;)