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10 Ways to Modify Yoga for Larger Bodies

These 10 ways to modify yoga for larger bodies came straight from our community. I put the call out on Instagram to see who could impart some wisdom on this subject, and a lot of you had some great tips and reminders to share.

I wanted to organize them here so you can refer back to them anytime, so here ya go! In no particular order, just straight from people’s messages…

1. “Use straps for binds!”
2. “Shorten your stance, lower to knees, slow down.”
3. “Bent knees in forward folds, hands in praying position in Warriors.”
4. “Widen your knees in child’s pose.”
5. “Wrap a yoga strap around your chest above your boobs and make it somewhat snug for inversions.”
6. “Smothering boobs: bring your gaze down instead of tucking your chin all the way into your chest.”
7. “I never feel like I have enough room to step through in poses, so I just grab it and help it!”
8. “Forehead on a block in child’s pose!”
9. “Manually shift whatever body part(s) are in the way.”
10. “Compression clothing. A pain to get into but it really helps keep stuff out of the way.”

Over to you! Do you have any tips people didn’t already mention here? I think advice based on direct experience is always more valuable than speculation from someone who doesn’t really KNOW what it’s like, so feel free to share your own best tips below. 

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    Sylvana Odette

    December 6, 2019 at 7:24 am

    Thank you, that’s a great blog post with many helpful tips! It is good to call out that Yoga is for every body type! We just need to know how to adjust our self and listen to our body!

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      Erin Motz

      December 6, 2019 at 11:07 am

      Absolutely!! Listening to your own body is half the battle (then getting others to understand every body isn’t the same!)

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    Kratika Agrawal

    December 11, 2019 at 7:07 am

    Thanks Erin, that’s an informative article. I was wondering if the changes you’ve suggested are approved by the Yog Gurus because posture is the key in Yoga. If they are approved, I would inculcate these in my regular Yog regime.

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    Sharon

    December 17, 2019 at 8:20 am

    When i started yoga i felt hurried, i wanted to learn it as fast as i could and become good at it. With my size ofcourse it was an uphill battle and my body soon let me know. I was missing the whole point of Yoga to relax and be calm. Thankfully with mentors like you i’v been able to find my way and am discovering the true nature of Yoga.

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