Yoga classes that are geared towards larger women and men are popping up around the country. Many simply call their classes Fat Yoga as an effort to be straightforward and empowering. Although traditional classes are still wonderful, Fat Yoga proponents say that these specialized classes are more helpful than regular yoga for psychological and practical reasons.

Customized Classes

Fat Yoga instructors gear their workouts to specific challenges faced by larger people. Their modifications include incorporating transitional poses that ease the physical stress from moving from one extreme position to another.

These classes use distinguished equipment as a part of the class. For example, bolsters provide spinal support when lying on the mat. Likewise, hand blocks for certain down-and-forward poses result in angles that accommodate larger stomachs.

Many Fat Yoga classes reverse the trajectory of traditional classes, in which participants move from the least-supported poses to the most-supported. In contrast, Fat Yoga classes often allow larger bodies to start off with extra support, so that stability is gradually attained.

Practical Advice

Tips geared to plus-sized fitness challenges is another plus. For example, a teacher might advise that a wider stance than normally used for an specific pose provides better balance.

Participants also appreciate frank, non-judgmental helpful hints, such as when a bending pose might be aided by moving extra flesh to the side. They’re also encouraged to seek advice on how to make a traditional move work for their specific body type.

A Learning “Curve” that Works

Curvy yoga enthusiasts are just as strong and flexible as their smaller-sized peers. For that reason, traditional yoga works best for them.

Other advanced yoga participants appreciate Fat Yoga, because the instructors don’t automatically assume they can’t do challenging poses. What’s important is finding the classes that work best for individual goals.