So, you live in a larger body. We all live in a culture that tends to shame people if they have larger bodies. That sucks. We have made it a priority in our culture to tell those people with larger bodies that they must work very hard to shrink their bodies if they are to enjoy all the same cultural benefits (acceptance, respect, visibility, cute clothing, the ability to feel handsome/beautiful to name just a few) that straight-size bodies enjoy each and every day. That also sucks.
Thankfully, there is yoga. Yes, you heard that right. The wellness practice that has for years been portrayed as a destination for slender, bendy, white woman, is in fact a practice that everyone—yes, really everyone, can not only execute but enjoy. You wouldn’t know this based on the look and feel and instruction at many studios and fitness centers, yet it is a fact.
Enter Embrace the Wobble Yoga. I opened ETWY for completely selfish reasons: I wanted to do yoga close to my house and get paid to teach others this amazing practice. I have made my career out of teaching individuals and groups how to move their bodies and make them stronger and better (notice I did not say “smaller”) in order to enjoy life more. I have always thought I was pretty good at inviting people into very large gyms filled with gleaming fitness machines and shiny posters of lean people on the wall. I now think instead that I was good at making people feel comfortable DESPITE the equipment and the posters, so much so that they could focus on their bodies without fear of being shamed for their size or for what their bodies could or couldn’t do. So, when I went out on my own, I wanted to create something completely different than the traditional exclusionary gym vibe.
Shortly after I opened ETWY, it took on a life of its own as an inclusive yoga community—a place where all the students in all the bodies began to tell me how welcomed they felt in class, how amazing all the instructors were, and how all the yoga and related movement was helping them through things like grief, life transition, loneliness, sleep problems, and stress. Not to mention the real life milestones that got easier on the way: walking up stairs, carrying groceries, walking the dog, running races, the occasional triumphant headstand, even yoga teacher training!
Our students don’t seem to care so much about how yoga and other movement will make them look (though their skin often glows and their smiles light up the practice rooms), rather they comment often about how they feel (“best way to start my Saturday”–Kristen, 9:30 a.m. student) after classes and private sessions. I am now just along for the ride as I watch and enjoy the parade of different bodies, personalities–the walking, talking GIFTS that stride confidently through our doors each week.
If you live in a larger body and you want to figure out how to move it in ways that make it feel amazing, strong, capable, and WELL, I implore you to take a breath, take a gulp, and call us, email us, or even walk in and connect. We are ready for you. We have classes that are fit for you (Slow Wobble, Wobble Plus, Candlelight Wobble if you are a beginner, and Wobble Mix, Core, and Progressing Wobble if you are experienced). We have training for you (Intuitive Personal Training provided by me, Leah, the studio owner, and an expanded team of gifted coaches as our demand continues to rise.) We honor YOUR body and vow to show it and you all the ways that movement can be joyful, fulfilling, and WORTH IT. Just like you. You. Are. Worth it.
And, to further decrease any barriers that may still exist, all our Wobble Plus classes will be donation-based until April 15th. That’s right. Try class. Pay what you can. Fall in love with your body. Register here: www.embracethewobble.com.
Thanks. See you on the mat.–Leah