How can a yoga teacher help overweight students feel safe and accepted?

How can he or she help overweight students to adapt an asana if needed, and still maintain good alignment and safety?

This guide is unique. Written for yoga teachers, but also useful for overweight students of yoga, it can help you find the answers to these questions.

Please note: In this guide, the author, Dr. Kay Erdwinn, describes herself as “having been fat all my life,” and freely uses the word “fat” throughout. She uses the word in its true sense: as a simple descriptor, not as a demeaning term. We honor her stance and support her desire to see “fat” rescued from being an insult. We therefore have left the guide as she wrote it. We look forward to the day when “fat” is no more demeaning than “tall” or “brunette.” Thank you, Kay, for your integrity and for this excellent guide.

Teaching Yoga for Round Bodies

  1. Adho Mukha Shvasana
  2. Ardha Matsyendrasana
  3. Balasana
  4. Bhujangasana
  5. Chandrasana
  6. Dandasana
  7. Dhanurasana
  8. Garudasana
  9. Janushirasana
  10. Jathara Parivartanasana
  11. Matsyasana
  12. Padahastasana
  13. Parvatasana
  14. Paschimotanasana
  15. Salabhasana
  16. Sarvangasana
  17. Sasamgasana
  18. Savasana
  19. Setu Banghasana
  20. Siddhasana
  21. Standing Backward Bend
  22. Surya Namaskar (Sun Salutation)
  23. Tadasana
  24. Trikonasana
  25. Ustrasana
  26. Utkatasana
  27. Vajrasana
  28. Viparita Karani
  29. Virabhadrasana
  30. Vrikasana

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