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5 Reasons Why Curvy Yoga Is Completely Inspiring

Yoga isn’t just for one body type! Check out these amazing reasons why curvy yoga is completely inspiring!

5 Reasons Why Curvy Yoga Is Completely Inspiring


I have always admired anyone that can do yoga. I have never been very good at it (except that one time when I went through a Hot Yoga obsession and I was going to class at least 3 times a week). Quite honestly I’ve always been a bit intimidated by yoga in any form because I never looked like everyone else in the room.

Though I love Yoga and all the peace and zen it brings me, I find it hard to be consistent and progress in my practice because somewhere deep down I believe that I can never be as flexible as some of the amazing women I have seen. That was…until I stumbled upon this beautiful movement called Curvy Yoga.

I shared this awesome ad on my facebook page that went viral pretty quickly this weekend:

Isn’t it so great? I must have watched it a dozen times. She is so amazing and confident–and she got SKILLS! Did you see that handstand? I have seen people in my yoga classes do handstands and I have always thought to myself that “I can never do that”

It is one of the most inspiring movements happening on the internet–hands down. Here are five reasons why you should pay attention to this greatness.

  1. They do amazing things with their bodies – Regardless if they are a size 10 or 24 they are nailing each and every move. They quickly dismiss any preconceived notions about the limitations of a curvy body.
  2. They are all beautiful – Something about a curvy yogi just screams grace and confidence!
  3. They inspire you to be better – After seeing the awesomeness of these ladies, nailing even the most difficult of poses, I am inspired to simply just practice more to be even just a little bit better.
  4. It’s Inclusive – As I mentioned before, it can be quite difficult and intimidating to walk into a yoga studio, or even start practicing at home because you often don’t see yogis that look like me in classes. These amazing women make you feel as if you can do it, which is super encouraging.
  5. It’s a revolution – It’s not just a few women being amazing, there is an entire movement of curvy women all over instagram and social media, you can find a sampling by checking out the hashtag #curvyyoga or #curvyyogis

Yoga: A Practice for Every Body, Not Just the “Ideal” Ones

When most people think of yoga, they often envision lithe, flexible bodies twisted into intricate poses, as captured so perfectly in magazines and Instagram feeds. This imagery, as visually stunning as it might be, has somewhat distorted our perception of what yoga is and who it’s for. Yoga is not exclusive to a specific body type or size; it’s a practice that welcomes everyone—of all shapes, sizes, and abilities.

Breaking the Stereotype

We live in a world obsessed with aesthetics. Unfortunately, yoga has not been immune to this cultural bias. The media often perpetuates a rather limiting and intimidating image of what a “yogi” should look like: thin, young, and exceptionally flexible. However, the roots of yoga have little to do with appearance. Yoga originated as a spiritual and mental practice, aiming to connect the mind, body, and spirit.

Yoga is Inclusive by Nature

At its core, yoga is an inclusive practice. The word “yoga” itself comes from the Sanskrit word “yuj,” which means to yoke or unite. It’s about union and connection—not just between your head and your toes, but also between you and the universe, including all its diverse inhabitants. The poses (asanas) are just one part of the broader philosophy that makes up yoga, which also includes ethical principles, breath control, and meditation.

Adapting the Practice

One of the most beautiful aspects of yoga is its adaptability. Whether you’re old or young, fit or not, yoga can be tailored to meet you where you are. Various styles and modifications can make the practice accessible to everyone. Props like blocks, straps, and even chairs can assist in making poses more achievable and comfortable. Many communities and yoga instructors are now focusing on offering “body-positive yoga classes,” specifically designed to make everyone feel welcome.

Mental and Emotional Benefits for All

The mental and emotional benefits of yoga—stress reduction, better focus, increased emotional resilience—are universal. They don’t discriminate based on body size or shape. Whether you can touch your toes or not, the calming effects of a simple breathing exercise or a few moments of meditation are available to everyone.

Celebrating Diversity

Body diversity should be celebrated in yoga, just as it should be in all aspects of life. More and more yoga instructors and practitioners are working to change the narrative and make the yoga community more inclusive. They showcase that every body is a yoga body—and every body deserves the opportunity to experience the profound benefits that yoga offers.

Finding the Right Space

If you’re apprehensive about trying yoga due to fears of judgment or not “fitting in,” look for studios or online communities that emphasize inclusivity. Many places now offer classes geared towards beginners, seniors, or those with specific needs. Don’t be afraid to talk to instructors about your concerns—they’re there to guide you in your practice, regardless of your size or skill level.

In conclusion, yoga is a practice that transcends superficial physical attributes. It doesn’t matter if you’re thin or not, what matters is your willingness to connect with yourself on a deeper level. So, roll out that mat, strike a pose—any pose—and remember that yoga is a practice for every body.

If you need more Curvy Yoga inspiration be sure to check out Curvy Yogi’s Represent!

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Can you hit these poses? Aren’t these girls amazing?

Melissa Burton

Tuesday 2nd of February 2016

It is my hope as a newly minted yoga teacher to show that yoga is for EVERY body (even if it isn't everybody's idea of fitness). I might not be curvy but in the eyes of many, I'm old (I'll be 46 in 12 days) so in some ways, I understand the feelings of inadequacy when it comes to yoga.

Over time, I've come to truly care less about how I appear to the world and care more deeply about how I feel about myself. I've been an on and off yoga practitioner for over 15 years and when I was younger (and uninjured), I was more flexible and could do more "pretty" yoga than I can now BUT through time (and after Yoga Teacher Training), I've learned about how to keep my body healthy with yoga for the long haul.

To me, yoga is now less about what it looks like but more about what it feels like in your body, your mind and your soul. I hope to help others discover or recommit to finding yoga not only on the mat but in their daily lives and well being.


Tuesday 26th of January 2016

I'm not much into yoga, but I love to see people overcome their own mental hurdles to work toward a healthier being. I've really been needing some inspiration like this, so thank you for posting this!


Friday 22nd of January 2016

Beautiful pictures. I think Yoga is just beautiful in general - and the body curves are pretty darn photogenic on anyone! My sister went through a Hot Yoga obsession too. She's pregnant now so doesn't go anymore. And meanwhile, I go to a hot tub and think it's too hot.


Thursday 21st of January 2016

I saw the commercial of the one girl and I was like I am done you go girl. She is an inspiration and she rocked it. I think we as big girls can do anything we put our mind to.


Wednesday 20th of January 2016

These photos are just beautiful! I love all these movements encouraging woman to love our bodies and all they are capable of.