All too often we’re made to feel shame or embarrassment over our bodies which can become an obstacle in living and enjoying life fully. This wonderful animated documentary is a beautiful exploration of overcoming negative emotions and finding peace in the body and mind through yoga. In it, one woman shares her personal story of healing from shame over having a larger body, and how by offering London’s first yoga class for larger bodies, she helped to create a “healing dialogue” and the space for others to feel free and welcome to practice. The journey is poignantly illustrated by a single, continuous line, keeping with the themes of union, meditation, and connection.
“However limited a person is physically, there’s all those aspects of yoga that we can practice together…It’s not nearly as much of a limitation to practicing yoga as many people think it’s going to be. A lot of people think, I can’t do yoga, I’ll do yoga when I lose weight, I’m not flexible enough to do yoga, and it’s actually not true.”
The piece is a collaboration between UK artist Stacy Bias and Janice Kate Fisher, yoga instructor and owner of London’s Light Yoga Space, and is part of an ongoing series for the Fat Experience Project.