[DC] The World’s Curviest Yoga Class – May 21, 2011

April 5, 2011 |  by  |  Events

Whether you are an advanced yogi or a squeaky clean newbie you are going to LOVE this class. I’ve travelled across country to spend time in yoga classes taught by my favorite instructors and have made it a point to bring friends whenever possible.

The great thing about yoga is that it’s tough and liberating. It opens you up on. I tell my friends about yoga that a REALLY good teacher will provide a great environment for EVERY participant to be sufficiently embarrassed 🙂 I guess that’s a double statement 1) we’ve got a really good teacher, and 2) be prepared to face embarrassment and push past it.

Which brings us to the name, “The World’s Curviest Yoga Class.” Every yoga magazine cover I’ve ever seen has images of supremely limber and fit (read skinny) people. We don’t ALL look like that, so we’re celebrating our shapes and sizes as we are. Every journey begins with a single step, lets take on together.


Description: Alumni Wellness Presents… The World’s Curviest Yoga Class!
When: Sat, May 21, 1pm – 3pm
Where: Capitol Hill Martial Arts. 1443 D Street, SE Washington, DC 20003
202.455.4MMA (4662)
Fee: $17
Guest Teacher: Light Watkins

What you should bring:
Yoga is simple. No complex equipment or gear necessary, but you WILL need a few things. Be sure to bring with you:

  • Comfortable workout clothes. Shorts and a t-shirt are fine
  • A water bottle filled with cool water
  • a yoga mat – You can find mats for $20 or less from any sporting goods store or big box like Walmart or Target
  • a towel
  • a great attitude – be ready to have fun! There’s no such thing as embarrassment in yoga

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  1. Yoga is sublime, and the more people who do it, the better! Yet this ad really saddens me. Why mention ’embarrassment’ three times? Who gets embarrassed while breathing, stretching and strengthening? More disturbingly, why assume that ‘we’ are not limber, fit and skinny? Which ‘we’ are you talking about? I am all these things, and so are many of the people I know!

    Please stop trading in tired assumptions. We of all people – HBCU graduates – should be leading the vanguard away from those stereotypes, not wallowing in them. Fitness is more than a tight core; it’s a state of mind as well. Love & light.

  2. I have to agree with Lyrickle’s comment. The “read skinny people” comment was frankly, hurtful and made me wonder if as a “skinny” person (who also happens to be a yoga instructor) would I feel welcome in this in class. Perhaps better phrasing would have been “all experience levels and body-types welcome…”

  3. Mo the Educator

    As a former personal trainer, I recall one of the most common reasons that clients would give me for avoiding the gym was their “embarrassment”. It encompassed everything from their level of ability – or lack thereof – to perform what they considered “basic” exercises, to being concerned with their physical size in comparison to the fit members, to their sporadic attendance itself.

    As we take on this challenge of physical wellness, we have to confront all of the factors that cause our overwhelmingly disproportionate poor health, including embarrassment in doing physical activities.

    Accordingly, we must also remember that this distressingly high percentage of our friends who suffer from poor health due to poor eating habits, a lack of exercise, and quite frankly, being too fat, pervades in this conversation. Like you, I am a thankful exception to that rule, but we are in the minority.

  4. You people are always complaining. They are doing something positive. Stop reading into things. The issue is health. For you complainers its the same, but mental health maybe.

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