Do you have a bigger body? Are you intimidated to practice yoga because of it? It’s true in the culture of fitness, and by association, yoga, we’re often surrounded by images of sleekly slim yogis flexing their lanky limbs on the mats next to us, leading the classes, or plastered in front of us in ads and magazines. It’s enough to turn you into a closet yogster, or not try at all, and that’s just not cool with us!
“I started my practice because I was tired of being the biggest person in the classroom,” said Michael Hayes, who runs Buddha Body Yoga in Union Square for “big people.”
Tuesday’s Daily News features Mr. Hayes, a 250-lb instructor who started Buddha Body, specially targeted towards “big people.” Studios wouldn’t give him prime-time slots because they “they assumed people wouldn’t come,” so Hayes branched off on his own. In your face! But, perhaps that’s just what needed to happen, eh?
We think everyone should feel comfortable to participate in the practice and so we’re really digging the efforts of those out there, like Michael Hayes, who are creating the spaces and providing the setting where all can feel welcome. Stick figures, full figures and everyone in between!