Plus Size Yoga: A Gentle Seated Practice

Beginner I
This hatha yoga class is all about taking the time for some gentle stretches without transitioning up and down. Staying low to the ground, this class is created especially for students working in bigger bodies and features a series of wonderfully satisfying poses, including a modified reclined twist and Sufi grinds.
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CVorra
July 5, 2021
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This class is PERFECT!!! I’ve been having trouble with my legs and feet being sore lately. And after a super long day I just didnt’ have the energy for a long class. And I also didn’t want to push my legs and feet too far with a lot of standing (I’m a larger girl so I would be putting a significant amount of weight and pressure on them) so this class was exactly what I needed. It stretched everything out and just helped me relax. THANK YOU!!! Your classes are AWESOME!

postapocalypsejen
April 18, 2020
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Are there any positions in this that should be avoided in pregnancy?

I love this practice and would love it if i could continue in my second trimester

Helen Camisa
April 19, 2020
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Hello! You can definitely stick with your practice during pregnancy (though you should always chat with your doctor and make sure you are good to go), and it becomes so important to let your body guide you. If anything doesn't feel right, skip it! Whenever you hear a cue to engage the belly, for you that will only mean ten percent engagement so that you keep giving your belly space to relax and grow. It will eventually also become uncomfortable to lie on your belly, so modify and come on to your back or your side. A lot of the full bodied modifications I offer are all about making space for your body, so they will likely be helpful to you as your body begins to change. I would also encourage you to check out the wonderful prenatal classes that Do Yoga With Me offers, so that you will continue to feel comfortable and confident in your practice. Thanks so much!

csmaccath
March 30, 2020
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I want to echo other women with larger bodies in thanking you for seeing and teaching us. I felt rough today; aching joints, tiredness, but I felt better after this practice. Please keep doing what you're doing.

Helen Camisa
April 19, 2020
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You are so welcome! I love teaching and it makes me so happy to know that seeing larger teachers invites more people to feel comfortable on the mat. Thank you so much for taking the time to comment and keep enjoying your practice. :)

Wizbit13uk
March 24, 2020
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Thank you so much for sharing this video! I've been working from home for a week and decided to take up yoga again. I was so thrilled to see the plus size yoga (being plus sized myself) and I feel like I'm getting the stretch and relaxation I need!

irissidikman
March 18, 2020
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Ahh! I've been a fan of this site for a long time but have been away for a while. When I (a plus size woman) came back and saw there's now a plus size yoga section (with a plus size teacher!!) I was thrilled. This practice was a wonderful way to start my day. Thank you Helen for making me feel seen.

yogajacqui
October 19, 2019
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Felt wonderful during this class, thank you. A lovely way to ease my chronic pain. Namaste.

teriaw
October 9, 2019
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helen, thank you for your videos. Both my husband and I have many years of doing some yoga. We now have a special needs child (11 y. o.) and we've gotten her started on her practice. Your practices are some of the few on the website that are beginner, short enough (15-20 mins), and incorporating some relaxation and breath, so that she gets benefit. You are greatly appreciated!

Helen Camisa
January 7, 2020
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Thank you so much for taking the time to share this. I'm so glad that this has become a family practice and that you are seeing the benefits. Keep enjoying and know that it is my absolute pleasure to be a part of your routine! :)

dickens
September 30, 2019
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Wasn't feeling it tonight, but I knew I had to do something. Thank you for making me move. Namaste

ms.melabee
August 21, 2019
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Thank you so much for creating space for bigger bodies in yoga. I've avoided it for years because it hurts my wrists and I feel like I can't breathe but your entire beginner series provided so many options and invited me to allow myself to take the space my body needs. Thank you!!!

Helen Camisa
August 28, 2019
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It's my pleasure! I'm so happy that you kept looking for a practice that would work for you and even happier that my classes are working for you! Keep modifying in any way that you need and above all, enjoy yourself! :)

Reddtrie
August 11, 2019
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Loved this class so much! Thank you! I am definitely a fan! Looking fwd to doing more yoga with you.

postapocalypsejen
July 15, 2019
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What a wonderful way to return to myself at the end of a very busy and intense work/parenting day! Thanks so much for an excellent practice. Looking forward to your other classes!

Helen Camisa
July 20, 2019
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My pleasure! Good for you for taking some time to yourself in what sounds like a very busy schedule. Sometimes just getting to the mat is the biggest challenge of all. So glad the practice worked for you, and thank you so much for taking the time to comment! :)

Saue78
June 27, 2019
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OMGosh Goodness, I have been waiting for you almost 5 years now. It's been a journey to work my body through yoga and you have given me yoga wings. This is not my first attempt at Yoga but this is definitely the most comfortable I have felt doing yoga. Thank you @doyogawithme It was time to have added a plus size version of yoga. Can I just say you have inspired me and now look forward to calling you my lunch break at work. :) Thank you for what you do.

Helen Camisa
July 3, 2019
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No one has ever told me I have given them yoga wings before and this has put a huge smile on my face!! I'm so happy that this practice feels comfortable in your body and remember you can color outside the lines and continue to modify in any way that you need to. Once we get on board with the idea that our practice is there to meet us instead of us trying to shove our way in to it, the doors blow open and it's a whole new experience. Thank you so much for taking the time to comment, and I'll see you at lunch! ;)

eightcowwife
June 21, 2019
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Thank you!! This was the perfect practice for me today! Why did I never think of lifting my belly before?! Thank you!

Helen Camisa
June 21, 2019
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Right?! The first time I started shifting my belly, it did so much for my practice and my ability to make space for myself. I'm so glad it felt good and that you enjoyed the practice. Thank you for taking the time to comment! :)

bnick07
June 1, 2019
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This was my first class back in six months after two foot surgeries. It was the perfect gentle practice. Thank you.

lynnoh61
April 20, 2019
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Helen, I love your classes! This was especially welcome after doing a challenging class yesterday and being a bit sore. Great way to be gentle. I want to thank you for bringing a plus size perspective to the do yoga with me site. It’s great as a plus size woman to see instructors I can relate to. Also just you saying “lift your belly”. Why didn’t I ever think to do that! Lol that modification alone has been a huge help. Thanks so much. Namaste!

Helen Camisa
April 27, 2019
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Thank you so much for this! I am so happy to be a part of the site and to represent so many lovely people out there who want to explore yoga. Moving the belly is so great, right?! The first time I experienced it, I had so much more space and freedom. I have lots more tips, so feel free to holler at me any time if you have questions. Keep enjoying your practice and making space for yourself!

Lynda G
April 11, 2019
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I’m struggling at the moment with an ankle sprain, so this is a perfect practice.

Helen Camisa
April 27, 2019
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I'm so glad that this option was a good one for you! I had a Summer once where my ankle was very unhappy and outside of teaching, I was largely doing seated practice. I hope that your ankle is on the mend and that you are tree posing as you read this!

Helen Camisa
April 27, 2019
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Thank you for taking the time to comment! I love a lazy day, and I'm so glad this class was a part of yours. May there be many more in your future! :)