"I'm Feeling uncomfortable with my body. I'm quite overweight, and I'd like to do you, but I feel too self-conscious whenever I go into a yoga class."

From Ariel,

I know that I speak for all yoga teachers when I say that you are not looked down upon in any way shape or form. In fact, the exact opposite is true!  You are appreciated, just like everyone else there is, for taking this step toward yoga and for doing the best that you can. Believe me, everybody in the room is there because they have something they want to improve about themselves. You are not alone, and your presence in the room is valued by everyone there.

International Yogalayam

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3 Comments so far

  1. Alex on August 28th, 2009

    I’ve been teaching yoga for 17 years, and I agree 100% with Yogacharya. I am humbled anytime I see someone new entering my class, knowing how unconfortable they are and how difficult it was for them to take that step. Trust me, nobody in the room thinks negatively of you. We are all one big yoga family and we are overjoyed to have anyone new join us. We’ve all got our owm problems that we’re working on, and nobody is judging anybody else.

  2. Erika on August 30th, 2009

    I’m also plus sized (plus plus!), and I can very much relate to your anxiety when you walk into a room full of skinny, fit girls. In the begging I would spend the whole hour just worrying that people were staring at me and laughing (which they weren’t, by the way!). It took me a long time to get over that and get down to doing yoga.

    Some classes were better than others though. Sometimes I did feel totally out of place, but other classes the people were so warm and friendly and encouraging. You just need to find the right class, with the right people. I found that if the teacher was kind and supportive, then her (or his) students most likely were too!

    Don’t give up. Yoga will change your life. It has changed mine!

  3. Jen on September 9th, 2009

    I hear that a lot, the intimidation factor and the idea that yoga classes are little more than gathering spots for supermodels. But honestly nothing could be farther from the truth. Almost everyone in the room is self-conscious about something and they are all focused on themselves (or should be, if they’re really going to get the full benefits of their practice). No one should be looking at anyone else, let along judging them. So go in, give it a try, be fearless. If you allow those concerns to hold your prisoner you will never grow beyond them.