Yoga really is for everyone, not just the young, fit, skinny, and flexible, as Megan Garcia demonstrates in the video, Yoga: Just My Size, produced in association with Just My Size (JMS), the plus size clothing company.
Garcia, a successful plus size model and certified yoga teacher, is an inspiration to women everywhere. She glows with healthy confidence and exudes a positive body image lacking in so many of us.
Megan explains the purpose of the video in an interview included on the DVD: to help full figured women discover the benefits of yoga with poses that have been modified to accommodate a large body. With regular practice, this gentle DVD is designed to help increase self-confidence and body awareness, improve posture ad flexibility, and create a sense of calm.
Yoga Just My Size is one of the few yoga for plus size programs performed by somebody who is actually plus sized.
The 28-minute Yoga Just My Size program is divided into 3 sections: Warm up (10 minutes), Workout (15 minutes), and Deep Relaxation (3 minutes). Throughout the program, Megan provides clear voiced over instructions that are positive, nurturing, and uplifting.
The warm up begins with seated focused breathing to quiet the mind and focus attention. She chants OM, to further quiet the mind and then moves through several more gentle postures to awaken and warm up the body. Each posture is held for five deep breaths.
The workout portion of Yoga Just My Size includes several standing poses that are performed slowly and purposefully with Megan providing good alignment instructions for performing the poses safely. She also mentions the benefits of each pose, which I like.
The yoga workout then transitions back to the floor for four more poses that include table pose, child’s pose, and downward facing dog pose.
The deep relaxation section includes a guided relaxation as you recline on the floor and focus on your breathing.
The DVD also includes a Special Tips section where Megan demonstrates a few additional poses to help open up tight areas and explains how to modify various poses with the use of props such as a warrior pose with a chair, downward facing dog pose at the wall, and child’s pose supported with pillows.
One nice feature of Yoga Just My Size is that you can do the whole program or just one section, such as the warm up to begin your day or the deep relaxation just before crawling into bed.
Overall, this is an excellent DVD for the plus size yoga beginner. But may be too basic for more experienced yoga students.
Here’s a sampling from the Just My Size Yoga DVD I found on YouTube:
You can check it out on Amazon: Yoga: Just My Size With Megan Garcia
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