The Latest Fitness Trend: Fat Yoga?

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Back in 2013, we told you guys about a yoga instructor who gained 40 pounds on purpose in an effort to fight the stigma against overweight instructors within the yoga community. And now, it looks like entire studios are making it their mission to ensure that overweight instructors and students alike feel comfortable — both physically and emotionally — when getting their downward dog on: Last week, The New York Times published a piece titled, “They’re Not Afraid to Say It: ‘Fat Yoga,’” discussing the trend of yoga studios that specialize in teaching bigger people.

So, what’s the trend all about? Well, an instructor at Body Positive Yoga in Charlottesville, Virginia explained the need for classes designed for larger people to The Times, saying instructors at many run-of-the-mill yoga studios “don’t understand why we can’t step the foot forward from a downward dog to a lunge like everyone else.”

And as Ragen Chastain, the blogger behind danceswithfat.org, told The Times, “Many fat people have had terrible experiences at a regular studio,, where the teacher assumes they’re a beginner, is unwilling to touch them or is condescending and sees them through their own prejudice.” So studios popping up around the country — from New York City to Portland, Oregon to Nashville, Tennessee — are creating classes to accommodate people with larger bodies in a way that many yoga classes don’t.

But the most interesting thing about these studios, with names like — Fat Yoga, Buddha Body, HeavyWeight Yoga, and more — isn’t that they cater to a different body type. After all, yoga classes designed for all types of bodies — from athletes to pregnant women to older people —are all over the place. What’s interesting about this particular trend is that many of these studios have chosen to dub their classes as designed for, in their words, “fat people.” Read more »

Where to Take Yoga for Runners Classes in Philly This Month

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It’s easy to forget the value of cross-training when you’re working up to a big race where all you’ll be doing is running for hours on end. But it’s important not to skimp on activities that can strengthen muscles that running just doesn’t hit. In the end, substituting a yoga class for a run every now and then could make you a better runner down the line. Read more »

Yoga On the Pier Returns! — And 8 Other Fit and Healthy Events This Weekend

Yoga on the Pier | Photo by Matt Stanley

Yoga on the Pier | Photo by Matt Stanley

I hope you plan to spend as much time out of your house — and outdoors — as possible this weekend. The weather is going to be gorgeous! With a full roster of fit things to do — from the return of Yoga on the Pier to the Wharton 5K to the Philly Farm and Food Fest — you have no excuse but to have a blast. Check out our picks below. Read more »

7 Things to Know Before Going on a Yoga Retreat

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Photo via Julie Hancher

We all know you work hard. And you need a vacation — it’s pretty much scientifically proven.

After a 2014 full of freezing vacays to destinations like Seattle, Iceland and Jackson Hole, I decided to change it up. I booked a five-night SUP yoga retreat in Tulum, Mexico at Utopia Guesthouse, practicing yoga twice-per-day and enjoying the gorgeous scenery the rest of the time.

Treating myself to a warm, sunny vacation in the middle of winter was necessary — and a great gift to myself. But, I’m not one of those people who can just sit around on vacation. I need to be active, so finding a yoga retreat was the perfect balance of warmth, relaxation and engagement for my body.

Now that I’ve been there, done that, I’m here to share what I learned about planning a yoga getaway. Here, seven things you should know before going on a yoga retreat.  Read more »

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