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You Should Know :: Hot Yoga and Fat Girls

February 3, 2012 3 Comments by Ashley @ Nourishing the Soul

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I seriously both laughed out loud and got a bit teary reading this letter from author, Joshilyn Jackson to a stranger she saw at her yoga class. In a voice that is raw, honest, and hilarious, Jackson highlights what it means to take care of your body – even when you want to rage at it.

Here’s a short excerpt –

Dear Fat Girl I Saw at Hot Yoga in New York City,

Is it wrong that I am half in love with you? For being fat and at Hot Yoga? For shaving your legs and getting a GOOD pedicure and putting your big ol’ ass into yoga pants ? For unrolling your mat and claiming your space, a rounded duck standing defiantly on one squatty leg among flamingos…

Fat Girl, I saw you in New York, and I thought, GOOD FOR YOU. You are trying to find a way to be stronger, to live in yourself, to like your body enough to give it that seventy-five minutes of movement and acceptance. To just take care of the damn thing, even if you ARE mad at it. To treat it like an exasperating, ugly, ill-tempered little child—one you secretly adore…

Go read more here now!


And for another kick-ass resource for yogis that don’t fit the stereotype, check out Anna Guest-Jelly’s Curvy Yoga. Love!

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  1. Luis Van Vutton
    3 years ago

    This is so funny. How can someone be half in love with someone?


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  2. Cristina Fahrbach-Connors
    3 years ago

    Love this! It’s so easy to get intimidated by the gym, thinking everyone else is more fit than you, they are going to laugh at you, you don’t really belong, etc. Meanwhile, you are putting others’ possible thoughts before your own physical and mental needs. I remembering thinking I needed to get in shape before going to the gym–how crazy is that? thanks for sharing this.
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  3. Maegan
    3 years ago

    There are people who can easily judge others. They don;t understand that these “fat” girls need to do this thing in order to be fit and have a healthy life.
    Good thing for me (i’m also fat!) my gym instructor is very supportive as well as the people in the gym I enrolled with. Now i’m trying to stay away from fatty foods.
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