Yoga teacher Anna Guest-Jelley is the powerhouse behind Curvy Yoga. That’s right, yoga for people who think they are too curvy to do yoga.
Of course, most of us believe we aren’t ‘right’ for a yoga practice.
Not flexible enough, too old, too uncoordinated, too curvy, whatever. Body image is a fluid, and sometimes tricky, thing.
That’s why I wanted to feature these people who look like normal people (like I do). To show that no matter who you are, if you find the right yoga teacher, you can enjoy and benefit from yoga.
I recently bought Anna’s book, Curvy Yoga, and loved it so much I asked to join her affiliate program so I could share the curvy love! I also asked her what advice SHE’D give her younger self.
Anna Guest-Jelley’s advice to her younger self:
Finally. That’s all I am saying.
I, as you all know, have an Ass on me (a big butt, not a donkey. Just clarifying) and I have struggled with body dysmorphia for most of my life.
If you saw my post on Monday, you’d have seen MY younger self. I was so THIN (for me – I stopped menstruating around the time of that sad photo). But all I could think about was how fatfatat I was. So sad. Such a waste of emotional energy.
Yoga is meant to be inclusive, but there is a strong physical culture around it that can make it intimidating and judgemental, especially for people who feel like they don’t have the right bodies. And lots of teachers don’t know how to teach yoga to people whose bodies…well…curve. This book solves all that.
What I was most taken aback by, was that for the $25 Anna charges for her basic book, you get so much information. I cannot imagine how long and hard she must have worked on this. A photo and instructions for more than 60 poses! Plus 15 videos! It’s such good value it’s laughable. Plus, it’s beautifully designed. Which always tips the balance for me.
It’s worth an extra $14.99, so you get $40 of value for just $25.
I like to take care of my people
If you have the book, I’d love to hear your thoughts on it too xx