Last Friday, a couple of us larger yogis went to our instructor’s house and took pictures in her living room. Some will be used at an upcoming workshop she’s teaching for other yoga instructors on how to offer body positive cues and pose modifications to make their classes more inclusive.
She gave us the prompt: “What do you wish more yoga teachers knew about creating body-positive classes?”
Don’t assume that we aren’t as strong or flexible.
Don’t assume that this is my first ever yoga/fitness class.
Don’t assume that I hate my body.
Don’t assume that I’m there for weight loss.
Don’t assume anything about what I eat.
Don’t assume anything about my health.
[Warrior I, Pigeon, Warrior II, and a bonus of yours truly laughing while losing balance in Half Moon.]
I got my belly button pierced when I was 16 years old and 115 pounds. Now I am 26 and am close to 200 lbs. Everybody keeps trying to subtle ways to tell me that I am fat and because of that, I should “just take it out.”
Because I had been wearing the same jewelry I was pierced with for TEN YEARS, my top ball was stripped. I have a box full of other navel jewelry, but all of it has nickel (which I’m allergic to). So I decided to get a new, quality ring.
I ordered a titanium internally threaded ring like I’ve always wanted and I’m in love with it!! I LOVE IT!! I keep shimmying in the mirror to watch it sparkle! The picture does not do it justice. It is such a pretty piece.
I don’t care if other people think I’m too fat to have it. I love it. I even pulled up my shirt the other day to show my female coworker who asked (in private) to see my new jewelry, totally not caring about my stretchmarks. It’s nice to ignore all the haters and love yourself!
im glad i dont have a thigh gap i almost dropped my phone into the toilet but i caught it with thunder and lightning
can she just get an award or something
I reblog this whenever it pops up on my dash.
So many directions she could have gone with this joke…out of infinite possibilities…she picked the best possible direction.
I still can’t believe her mom helped. I would be like no I am not helping you wear fruit and nothing else on YouTube.
I’m pretty sure my mom would help but she would grumble the entire time
Black Venus Project by Maxim Vakhovskiy
Vakhovskiy is a portrait photographer living in Charlotte, North Carolina. His work is mainly dedicated to celebrating the beauty of black women.
Check the comments section of this Clutch Magazine article for more commentary on this project - from both women who modelled for Vhakovsky, and those who question the politics of a photo project like this. See more from the photographer at the links below.
Serigne Ousmane Dia (Bombardier)
Lesley Kinzel (via curvesahead)
I will always reblog this because it is so so important.
I just want to nail this to every stable surface I can find. I cannot count the amount of times that I’ve seen fat folks being encouraged, cajoled, and even forced into behaviors that would be recognized as disordered eating/exercising patterns in thin folks.
Pretty much everything that’s done on shows like The Biggest Loser would be called out as pro-ana/pro-orthorexia in a thin person. Exercising past the point that it hurts, to the point where you’re throwing up, even injuring yourself? Berating yourself because you didn’t lose ENOUGH weight this week? Constantly talking about how fat is weakness and thinness will make everything better, about how you can’t stand to be your current weight anymore? Emphasis on weight as a sign of how much control, strength, and worth you have? Viewing food as bad, as a temptation to sin? Constant sharing and talking about tips on how to minimize food intake, how to lose weight?
That sounds exactly like every pro-ana/pro-mia blog I’ve ever seen. It’s also what fat people are told we need to be doing to ourselves until we’re thin.
MTVbase presenter Nomuzi Mabena, Hatfield Carnival Festival
Hatfield, Pretoria, South Africa
Photo By | Cedric Nzaka
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I support bald women.
I think I look very sexy in this picture.
Im a proud size 18 from Canada ♥