My Year To Thrive

"My mission in life is not merely to survive, but to thrive; and to do so with some passion, some compassion, some humor, and some style." ~Maya Angelou

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Curvy Pose of the Month: Sun Salutations | Curvy Yoga

The yoga mat is a good place to turn when talk therapy and antidepressants aren’t enough.
~Amy Weintraub, (Quotes Garden)

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As a subscriber to Curvy Yoga‘s newsletter, I get the Curvy Pose of the Month.  I’ve been considering getting into a morning Sun Salutations routine for a while, but just haven’t gotten around to it.  (Don’t we all have those things?  It’s the same thing with playing the guitar.)  This month’s curvy pose is the sun salutation, so it seems like it could be kismet.  I finally got my hands on some Tylenol Arthritis, but my body still isn’t up to yoga though so it will have to wait a little longer (however I think could manage a pretty strong Mountain Pose & Upward Salute.)

Since this is a newsletter, rather than a blog post, I’m going to be a little more liberal with the c+p than I usually am.

Rather than taking you through every pose, I thought I’d just highlight some handy tips for making your Sun Salutations curvified.

1. Step your feet wider: Sun Salutes start with Mountain pose, or Tadasana. This is often taught with feet together or hip bone distance apart, but that’s not always the right base of support for everyone. I recommend stepping your feet a comfortable distance apart, and by comfortable I mean that you feel stable and spacious, like you have some room to move. By starting in the right foundation for you, it gives you more space for the poses that follow.

2. Make space for your belly: When you step back from Standing Forward Bend to a Lunge, there can sometimes be too much compression between the thigh and the belly, which doesn’t feel good. If that happen for you, step your front leg wider (so if your right leg is forward, scoot it more to the right side of your mat).

3. Work your dog: Down Dog doesn’t work for everyone; it’s actually a quite challenging pose, even though that’s not always acknowledged. If it doesn’t work for you, skip it and go to Tabletop instead. If your wrists bother you in the pose, trying placing your hands on the rolled up top of your mat or a blanket to decrease the angle of your wrist and/or come onto your forearms instead of hands.

4. Step forward with more ease: I believe the trickiest part of the Sun Salutation is when you step forward from Down Dog to Standing Forward Bend. What happens for me and lots of curvy folks is when that move is initiated traditionally, the knee comes directly forward – right into the belly, which doesn’t feel good and/or impedes movement. The good news, though, is that there are lots of other options, including: (1) Step your front foot wider. Rather than bringing it behind the corresponding hand, step it outside that hand; (2) Drop your opposing knee down to the mat, then step your other foot wider. The down knee gives you a little leverage here; (3) Take your forward foot high up into the air first then use that momentum to bring the leg forward; (4) Don’t step forward: Walk your hands back to your feet; (5) Take as many small steps as you’d like to come forward.

There’s always more I could say about Sun Salutation options, but hopefully these will give you some things to experiment with.

Hope everyone is having a great day!  I’m going go watch movies & crochet baby shoes for a friend now. ^_^




30 Days of Curvy Yoga: Yoga for Your Body | Marianne Elliott

Yoga has proven benefits for people of all shapes and sizes. But sometimes it can be a real drag to try out yoga among the hip, pretzel scene.

This course was created for everyone who contacted me about wanting a yoga practice for your body–the one you have today that carries you through your day, picks up kids after school, navigates an old illness or injury and offers a warm ear to a friend.
~Marianne Elliott (

30 Days of Curvy Yoga: Yoga for Your Body | Marianne Elliott

After AG’s yoga-themed guest post the other day, what did I find in my inbox?  Class info for 30 Days of Curvy Yoga!  It’s hosted by Marianne Elliot with Anna Guest-Jelley (of Curvy Yoga).  I have mentioned Ms. Guest-Jelley a few times before here: Curvefest, the holiday HAES workshop, & the HAES master class.  The timing seemed fortuitous, so I’m sharing. 🙂

Registration is open now & class begins Oct. 7.  You can sign-up for a one time payment of $175 or spread it out with $40 weekly payments for five weeks. Continue reading


Virtual CurveFest | Curvy Yoga

Yoga is possible for anybody who really wants it.  Yoga is universal.
~Sri Krishna Pattabhi Jois (Lexi Yoga)

Virtual Curve Fest - Curvy Yoga

Virtual CurveFest — Curvy Yoga

Since Anna Guest-Jelley had to cancel her real world Curvefest this year, she has graciously decided to offer it up virtually & for FREE.  It will be held via Ustream on Sat, Nov. 10, 2012.

In her own words:

CurveFest is a body lovin’ bonanza. We’ll be doing gentle yoga, with options for people of all shapes, sizes, ages & abilities. We’ll also be building the bridge from body awareness to body acceptance and love through guided reflections and even creating your own MATifesto.

It will be broken into three sessions:

Session 1: Building Your Self-Love Foundation through Yoga – reflection, intention, gentle curvy standing practice
Session 2: Why Yoga is a Great Tool for Body Acceptance – discussion, guided reflection, create your own MATifesto
Session 3: Taking Self-Care with You – checking in, gentle curvy seated practice, next steps, extended relaxation, celebration

I’ve talked about wanting to get back into yoga, so this seemed like the perfect way to get started.  After signing up I received a detailed email with sign-in info & a list of things I might want to have available that day.

Who else is going?  Sign up here!

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The HAES® Master Class, Sept 20-21

HAES Master Class

Welcome To The HAES® Master Class!

I received my Body Love Wellness email from Golda Poretsky the other day & in it was an announcement about the upcoming HAES Master Class, a two day online workshop with numerous speakers from the HAES-sphere.

In this HAES® Master Class you will meet the experts at the forefront of HAES® research and practice. Collectively, we’ve worked with thousands of people just like you, who have implemented HAES® principles and no longer face a daily battle with food, weight, and the scale. In this engaging two-day event, you will discover simple ways to improve your health and well-being without the stress of dieting.

Along with Ms. Poretsky, the list of speakers will include Ragen Chastain (Dances With Fat, Fit Fatties Forum), Marilyn Wann (Fat!so?, pictured above), Linda Bacon, Anna Guest-Jelley (Curvy Yoga), & Jeanette DePatie (The Fat Chick, Fit Fatties Forum).  There will be sixteen leaders of the HAES movement speaking in all.

Tickets are $97, or you can pay in two installments of $48.50.  I can’t do it, but if anyone does I would love to hear how it goes!

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Some Of My Favorite Shares From My Facebook Page

There is no specific definition of “beauty.” I can see beauty in a woman of any color, nationality and yes, of any size! Remember, the most beautiful part of who you are is not what the human eye can see. What really makes you beautiful comes from within you and shows up in the way you treat others and the way you treat…yourself.
~Richard Simmons (fb page)

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It doesn’t matter which one you are… JUST RUN!

I’ve been wanting to do this for a few weeks, because I share a lot of things on my page I don’t use here, & I thought it would be nice to blog a list of my favorites from each week.  Here some of them, but I make no promises it will actually happen each week -_-   I have a bit of a build-up, so I thought I’d practice my in-page jumps & make a little list.






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