Students with Unique Needs, Yoga Postures

Vrikasana – The Tree Pose

From the Kay Erdwinn’s Post Teaching Yoga for Round Bodies Except for the advanced half-lotus version of this asana, wherein thigh fat would interfere with placement of the raised leg, this asana is usually no more problematic for fat people than for thin, unless the fat person is very out of shape. Sometimes, though, a fat person has less of a … Read More

Students with Unique Needs, Yoga Postures

Virabhadrasana – The Warrior Pose

From the Kay Erdwinn’s Post Teaching Yoga for Round Bodies Fat people generally make excellent warriors! This asana requires strength, but extra fat doesn’t get in the way of anything here. The extra weight does make an already challenging pose a bit more challenging, but that will be a problem only if the fat student has no prior physical conditioning. Watch … Read More

Students with Unique Needs, Yoga Postures

Dhanurasana – The Bow Pose

From the Kay Erdwinn’s Post Teaching Yoga for Round Bodies The difficulty for fat people with this asana is the tendency for the legs to splay open when bringing the feet to the buttocks — another case of “the fat has to go somewhere.” Holding a strap around the feet, and fastening another one around the lower thighs (don’t suggest … Read More

Students with Unique Needs, Yoga Postures

Teaching Yoga in a Public School

Susan Brochin teaching yoga to her middle school students To bloom where one is planted has become a big lesson for me. Rather than going out to find and create the right dharmic path for teaching yoga, it was there all along, so close that I could not even see it. Without really having a plan, I began to share … Read More

Students with Unique Needs, Yoga Postures

Standing Backward Bend

From the Kay Erdwinn’s Post Teaching Yoga for Round Bodies I don’t think this asana has any problems exclusive to fat people — except that they have to hold up even more weight in the arms, so it’s hard to hold the pose for very long.

Students with Unique Needs, Yoga Postures

Surya Namaskar Sun Salutation

From the Kay Erdwinn’s Post Teaching Yoga for Round Bodies Except for position 3, Padahastasana, there are no positions in this sequence that are much harder for the fat beginner than for the thinner one, in and of themselves. However, the transition between postures may be very difficult for fat people. For example, lowering the hands to the ground between Banarasana and … Read More

Students with Unique Needs, Yoga Postures

Jathara Parivartanasana – The Supine Twist

From the Kay Erdwinn’s Post Teaching Yoga for Round Bodies As with pregnant women, fat people need to accommodate the belly via less bend in the leg that crosses over. The difficult bend is at the hip joint, not so much in the knee joint. Holding the knee of the crossover leg may not be possible. I personally practice this twist … Read More

Students with Unique Needs, Yoga Postures

Sasamgasana – The Hare Pose

From the Kay Erdwinn’s Post Teaching Yoga for Round Bodies This asana usually makes fat people laugh and make jokes about “Maybe in my next lifetime…” There is simply too much tummy and thigh and possibly chest on most fat people to roll into a ball. I don’t teach this asana per se, although I do sometimes start with the “frog” … Read More

Students with Unique Needs, Yoga Postures

Viparita Karani – The Simple Inverted Pose

From the Kay Erdwinn’s Post Teaching Yoga for Round Bodies This is another asana that my neck protests, so I myself don’t practice it. The main problem(s) for the fat person would probably be once again getting the elbows in enough to provide the necessary leverage, plus the sheer amount of weight that must be supported by the arms/wrists, which is … Read More

Students with Unique Needs, Yoga Postures

Paschimotanasana – The Posterior-Stretching Pose

From the Kay Erdwinn’s Post Teaching Yoga for Round Bodies This asana presents the same difficulties for the fat person as Padahastasana. I usually teach it using a strap around the feet and held in both hands like reins, including with the same slight looseness one would use with a horse. Then I instruct the student to move the chest forward, … Read More