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Yogawoman - Thursday, August 15, 2013
by Tari Prinster What defines a strong body? Is it having sexy, toned muscles, or is it the ability to walk to your 8th floor apartment carrying 30 lbs. of groceries? Some people choose to build a strong body with weightlifting and cardiovascular exercise in the gym, but not with yoga. The physics of strength building is based on .....Read On...

Yoga for People Who Are Overweight or Obese By LAURA MCMULLEN

Yogawoman - Thursday, April 11, 2013
Not a stick? Not a problem. These tips make yoga more comfortable for bigger bodies Try a Google image search of "yoga," and what do you notice about the people in the photos? For one, most of them are women—skinny, fit women. There's a thin woman on the beach in warrior pose; there's a thin woman in front of the sunset in tree pose .....Read On...

How Yoga Changed My Mind (And My Relationship to My Body) By Melanie Klein

Yogawoman - Tuesday, December 04, 2012
For the women in my family, the body was a source of anxiety, shame, a measure of discipline and worth – something to fret over, scrutinize, and punish for bad behavior. Food invoked anxiety and fear. Calories were meticulously tracked and exercised away as quickly as possible. The women openly complained about their “flaws” .....Read On...

The Changing Face of Yoga by Alice G Walton

Yogawoman - Tuesday, November 13, 2012
Yoga has gained a pretty good foothold in the U.S. in recent years, so it’s not surprising that it’s undergone some scrutiny. In reality, this is probably a good thing (as long as it’s constructive), since it helps keep yoga on its toes. Most of the women I talked to for the last post agreed that yoga had to transform itself fairl .....Read On...

5 Ways to Get Teenagers Practicing Yoga By Abby Wills

Yogawoman - Wednesday, July 25, 2012
These suggestions come from my experience teaching yoga to teens in schools. The ideas can also be applied to yoga studio or community center settings, as well as other subjects. A funny thing about many teenagers is that they yearn so deeply to be in charge, yet they often rebel against the responsibilities they do have. At the end o .....Read On...

Do I Look Fat In This?

Yogawoman - Saturday, December 10, 2011
By Beth Berila, Ph. D “My breasts aren’t big enough. My butt is too big. I don’t like my stomach. Do I look fat in this outfit?” How many women have criticized ourselves like this at some point in our lives? Probably many of us, particularly if we live in Western societies. Here, cultural messages about women’s .....Read On...

From the Inside / Yogagirls becoming Yogawomen

Yogawoman - Thursday, December 01, 2011
By Mary Lynn Fitton. Founder, The Art of Yoga Project It was the day before Thanksgiving at San Mateo County’s Camp Kemp Juvenile detention facility. Holidays are always an especially rough time for girls locked up away from family and friends. At The Art of Yoga Project (AYP), we not only hold yoga and art classes on holidays, we .....Read On...

Feeling comfortable in your own skin

Yogawoman - Thursday, February 17, 2011
I think one of the main benefits of yoga is being more at home in our own skin. Whether we’re a large person or very slight and through the seasons of our lives, this body is our particular garden to take care of. Then we start to have more respect and therefore more embodied dignity in the body. Rather than treating it like an object  .....Read On...