Plus Size Yoga: A Gentle Seated Practice

Helen Camisa
Instructor Helen Camisa
Average: 4.6 (23 votes)
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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.

Equipment: Strap, Block, Bolster
Style: Gentle Yoga, Hatha Yoga, Plus Size Yoga


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 1 year ago

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 1 year ago

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 1 year ago

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 1 year ago

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!

Helen Camisa 1 year ago

Thank you so much for taking the time to comment! I'm so glad you are taking the time to stretch and relax. Keep enjoying your practice!

irissidikman 1 year ago

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.

Helen Camisa 1 year ago

YAY!!! Thank you so much for this lovely comment. I'm so happy that you enjoyed it and that you feel seen. Keep enjoying your practice and your life in a big, beautiful bod. :)

yogajacqui 1 year ago

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

Helen Camisa 1 year ago

You're very welcome! I'm so happy that the practice helped with your pain. :)