There is a new type of yoga on the block and it’s coming to Dulwich. CurveSomeYoga!
CurvesomeYoga’s aim is to show that Every BODY is a yoga body, regardless of age, size, shape, or gender. It was started in response to Donna reading an article where a plus size journalist was not having nice experiences of yoga – either being stared at or being ignored by the Yoga Teacher when she attended classes. Which for Donna is not the true essence of yoga.
Donna Noble of The Noble Art of yoga and Wellbeing has created a movement to change the image of yoga by making yoga more diverse, accessible and inclusive.
Donna has been practicing yoga since 1998, is also a certified Yoga Teacher and NLP Master Practitioner. Coming from a Corporate background before yoga transformed her life.
What I love about yoga is that it is a practice that is inherently flexible. It can be modified to cater for “every body” – regardless of size, age or sex. You will not only gain flexibility in the mind but also in the body.
However, you wouldn’t think that this is the case if you go by what is seen in the majority of mainstream media or in some yoga studios. The image you see is of tall, slim individuals with their legs behind their heads.
So it is understandable that anyone that does not fit this mis-representation of what a yogi looks like; turns many individuals away from the many healing benefits of yoga.
The maths is simple: Have a body + do yoga = Yoga body!!
The important thing to remember is that yoga is an equal-opportunity pleasure. Whether you are young, old, male or female, large or small.
You don’t have to wait until you’re in a different place in life to start exploring your body’s potential.
Size is no restriction to doing yoga, and this is something that every one needs understand. Yoga is not about size or shape, its about freeing your mind and believing in yourself and letting go of any beliefs that you hold about what your body can or cannot do. Just give it a try and you may be so surprised.
Yoga is a good way in getting in touch with your body and making friends with it again, as there is sometime a disconnect that comes from finding it hurtful living in an image conscious society.
If the journey towards starting a yoga practice stills seems daunting, try to remember that it can cultivate a deep awareness and acceptance of the body which is so liberating in a culture that declares certain body types as being unacceptable.
The fact, that is growing in popularity and has been around for thousands of shows that it works.
If you still are not convinced check out Instragram and other social media platforms, which have become very powerful visual tools to help demystify what a yogis look like and can achieve.
There are too many plus size yogis to mention, but let me start with Dianne Bondy and Jessamyn Stanley. Check out their yoga practice and see what a yoga body looks like they are so inspiring and helping to change the face of yoga.
So why not allow yoga to help you rehabilitate you, allowing yourself to believe that you can achieve anything you want. It’s about showing up on your mat consistently and letting the transformation take place. Classes will be starting from 8th October at 7.15pm at the Dulwich Constitutional Club.
CurveSomeYoga’s aim is to create a yoga community that is representative of the residents of Dulwich.
Now go on and start your yoga journey and experience what all the hype is about.