So after doing 4k on the cross trainer every night since Saturday, I decided to try something different that would give my legs bit of a break. I thought about it and in the end I settled on yoga.
I’m not particularly spiritual, I’m not convinced that the power of the earth is going to flow through me but hey, that’s just me. The point is that people who do yoga are often very flexible and usually quite strong. I am neither of these things – so given I would like to be flexible and strong, yoga seems to be a good option.
Very excitedly I downloaded the number 1 app on iTunes for yoga. It promised me that there would be beginner classes I could do. It promised me it would be a good introduction to yoga. It was full of lies.
The issue is that the App Store designers assumed anyone wanting to try this app had no stomach and no breasts. There I am, trying to (get ready for impressive sounding yoga speak) transition from table to forward lunge (basically hands and knees to lunging), the idea being you bring one of your knees through your hands as you kneel and plant it in front of you. For me, the gap between my hands and my belly and the floor was not sufficient to bring through my knee. Truth be told, in my attempt I lost balance completely and fell flat on my side.
As I lay on my floor, laughing at myself and my lack of balance, I concluded there has to be “yoga for fat people!”. I can’t be the only plus size girl to watch these incredibly flexible trainers bend themselves in half and be like “and what do I do?”. It’s fact; at my size and with my flexibility, I cannot do what the trainer is doing, I spent my time wondering if what I was doing was enough? Should I bend my knees to help? The worry I was doing it wrong was a great pain in the ass!
So what do I do when I want answers? Who do I turn to? Google.
Google told me of “Yogasteya”. An online yoga thing where the class is led by a fellow fat woman. Here name is Dianne Bondy and she is what I wanted. She does the moves as a large lady will need to. You feel like because she can do it, you can too. Of course by the time I discovered her and signed up it was too late to practice so I just watched her class. Tonight however, I shall wear my leggings and follow her moves. I might still fall down, in fact I probably will, but at least I know I’m doing it right!