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Plus Size Yoga: Exploring Warrior

Beginner II

This class is an exploration of Warrior 1, 2 and 3 - all the warriors! - designed for folks who are working within a bigger body. Although it isn't strictly neccesary for the class, a bolster can sometimes help you find ease in various seated or lying postures. If you'd like to learn how to make your own bolster you can check out this short tutorial

 

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dukegal1213
dukegal1213
April 3, 2022
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I come back to this class regularly because it is a thorough and lovely flow class that contains all of the warrior poses, along with lovely stretches!

JLP
JLP
October 13, 2021
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Helen - this was so lovely! I am a relatively new teacher and while I do not have a bigger body, several of my students have more body to move in class. I was searching for ideas to offer them modifications and your practices are beautiful models for me to emulate! Not only have you shown me some practical physical/asana modifications, your easy, low key approach is a great reminder to me that I don't need to be in a hurry in leading a class. Your classes are even more beneficial to me than I could have hoped - thank you!

JLP
JLP
October 13, 2021
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Helen - this was so lovely! I am a relatively new teacher and while I do not have a bigger body, several of my students have more body to move in class. I was searching for ideas to offer them modifications and your practices are beautiful models for me to emulate! Not only have you shown me some practical physical/asana modifications, your easy, low key approach is a great reminder to me that I don't need to be in a hurry in leading a class. Your classes are even more beneficial to me than I could have hoped - thank you!

SMZalokar
SMZalokar
November 27, 2020
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What a lovely class – just what my body needed today. Thank you!

amyjgb
amyjgb
April 8, 2020
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I LOVE having a class where big boobs and bellies are acknowledged and accommodated! Helps me be free and easy and kind to myself in yoga practice.

Helen Camisa
Helen Camisa
April 27, 2020
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Thank you for taking the time to comment! I'm so happy that you are feeling more free and kind (all the good things!) as you practice. Keep enjoying and holler if you have any questions. :)

cstoky@yahoo.fr
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July 15, 2019
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Hi Helen, thank YOU so much for this flow. I'm new to yoga and trying many different on-line classes but always coming back to this one as it's by far my favourite. Sound is excellent, setting is awesome, your instructions are perfect and clear (and curvy adapted which helps as I'm not ended up frustrated by how easy it seems when thinner)... I feel at the end that it made me work what needed to be at the same time than making me peaceful. Would love to see more flows like this one from you!

Helen Camisa
Helen Camisa
July 15, 2019
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I'm so happy to hear this! It's so nice to find that balance of strength and softness. Working hard and finding peace to balance it. Yoga is the perfect for that. Thank you for taking the time to comment and keep enjoying your practice! :)

stewa022@gmail.com
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April 28, 2019
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Like the previous commenter, I have been a yogi for over a decade. Unfortunately, I had to make the heart breaking decisions to give up my practice for over a year due to very persistent, painful injury (Just from a trip and fall!). It happened at the conclusion of a very intense, but rewarding 8-week Ashtanga series class and I was in the best shape I’d been in for years. Luckily, I can spend time on my knees again with no pain and am trying to slowly get back in the groove. This was a perfect paced practice for me today.

I also happen to be a buxom lady like yourself, and really appreciate the modifications. I’ve been fortunate to have wonderful teachers in the past who gave great mods, but never had a teacher that looked like me. Fitness is not confined to a size range and I’m so glad that you have joined “do yoga with me!”

Helen Camisa
Helen Camisa
May 3, 2019
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Thank you for this! I'm sorry to hear about your injury. It can be so disheartening, especially when you are really hitting your stride with your practice. It's so great that you have found your way back and are making the practice work for you. It is my absolute pleasure to represent so many people that want to enjoy this practice, but haven't previously found an instructor that looks like them. When I was a student, I really felt like I needed to look different if I was going to teach because I never saw my type of body represented. That is changing though, and I'm proud to be a part of it! Yoga for everyone! :)

camin90066
camin90066
April 15, 2019
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Not plus-size but after a couple decades of yoga, achieving a strong Intermediate level, have been side-tracked by health issues so am working my way back and searching for routines which cater to my current limitations. Sense of balance, which was always problematic, is now worse with age and time (I also use a walker) Therefore, working on hopefully regaining stability as well as rebuilding core and leg strength. Had to hold on to furniture for the standing poses of this practice...which is SO frustrating albeit necessary...but with Helen's pleasant and very 'real' cueing, relatable visuals, and permission to be 'playful' (which I really need to work on!) I definitely see potential and came away looking forward to tackling this practice again. I've enjoyed DYWM for many years; Helen is a welcome addition.

Helen Camisa
Helen Camisa
April 27, 2019
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Thank you for your lovely comment, and I'm so happy that you are allowing yourself to be playful (even if it's still a work in progress). My practice has definitely been an uphill climb and my ability to find some play is what has helped get me through. Grab that furniture and don't feel bad!! Balance is a tricky thing for so many people and it's magnificent that you are finding a way to make it work. As time passes and your practice strengthens, you will likely see a change in this (though I still hang on to my neighbors in class once in a while:). Keep enjoying yourself through all of the stages and thank you for allowing me to part of your yoga journey! I'd love to hear updates on how it's going. :)

mollyward
mollyward
February 5, 2019
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Thank you SO much for adding yoga for bigger bodies! I haven't done yoga for years because I was so frustrated trying to do the other videos, which were a struggle for me to do. It just wasn't enjoyable anymore. This was a GREAT video for beginners, and Helen gives alternatives if something is hard or uncomfortable as well as permission to be human. Yoga is finally for EVERYONE! I can't wait for more videos - keep them coming!

Helen Camisa
Helen Camisa
February 5, 2019
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Thank you so much for taking the time to not only try the class, but also to comment. I'm so glad you enjoyed it! I filmed an entire beginner series in the Fall (a collection of short sequences that you can do alone or put the together for a longer practice), and the videos are slowly rolling out. You can search via my name on this site and check out those videos. Yes you can yoga!! No, you don't have to be tiny. Good for you for sticking with it and have so much fun trying the other classes. :)

circelink
circelink
November 20, 2018
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Love your class and mellow approach! Nice to see Plus Size options on the site. :)

Drenka
Drenka
October 21, 2018
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Thank you, Helen. This was a beautiful, empowering and fun practice. Thanks also for reminding us to be kind to ourselves. Looking forward to your next video.

Helen Camisa
Helen Camisa
October 22, 2018
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Thank you for taking the time to comment. I'm so glad that you enjoyed the class! More videos are on the way. :)