Big Yoga: A Simple Guide for Bigger Bodies

Big Yoga: A Simple Guide for Bigger Bodies

by Meera Patricia Kerr
     
 

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If you think yoga is only for skinny young things, you need to think again. To expert Meera Patricia Kerr, yoga can and should be used by everyone—especially plus-size individuals. In her new book, Big Yoga, Meera shares the unique yoga program she developed for all those who think that yoga is not for them.

Part One of Big Yoga

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Overview

If you think yoga is only for skinny young things, you need to think again. To expert Meera Patricia Kerr, yoga can and should be used by everyone—especially plus-size individuals. In her new book, Big Yoga, Meera shares the unique yoga program she developed for all those who think that yoga is not for them.

Part One of Big Yoga begins with a clear explanation of what yoga is, what benefits it offers, and how it can fit into anyone’s life. Included is an important discussion of selfimage. The book goes on to provide practical information regarding clothing, mats, and suitable environments, and to emphasize the need to begin with care.

Part Two offers over forty different exercises specifically designed to work with bigger bodies. In each case, the author explains the technique, details its advantages, and offers step-by-step instructions along with easy-to-follow photographs. If you have thought that yoga is not for you, pick up Big Yoga and let Meera Patricia Kerr help you become more confident and relaxed than you may have ever thought possible.

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Editorial Reviews

Publishers Weekly - Library Journal
Starred Review.

Though the power of yoga to help reverse heart disease, type 2 diabetes, high blood pressure and high cholesterol levels-problems endemic to the overweight-is well-established, the popular image of the rail-thin yoga guru can discourage those who might benefit most. Kerr, a yoga instructor for 30 years, understands the challenges of the heavy-set; describing herself as "beefy, athletic, and loud," she provides a complete, much-needed guide for making yoga work regardless of limitations like weight, stiffness, injury or disability. Without skipping over yoga's history and evolution or its spiritual dimensions, as well as personal accounts of her training and the development of Big Yoga, Kerr adapts traditional Hatha yoga poses that work for everyone, and discusses each alongside a generous series of photos. With broad, thorough coverage of yoga's many aspects, including breathing technique and meditation as well as poses and their adaptations, Kerr's manual is a welcoming, comprehensive exercise program for the rest of us.
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MD Dean Ornish
"Big Yoga is a wonderful introduction to the ancient art and science of yoga for those challenged by extra weight, stiffness, injury, or disabilities. It is a welcome addition."
Library Journal
Sometime during the popularization of yoga in the West, a mythic yogic body stereotype emerged. As yoga became more commercialized, it appeared to be only for the slim, hyperlithe figures that permeated the media and studio instruction. "Big yoga" pioneer Kerr joined the movement to change this narrow perspective. She insists yoga is for everybody and urges people not to be discouraged by extra weight, inflexibility, or excuses. In Part 1, readers are mentally and physically prepared to begin their practice. Kerr provides an overview of yoga history and benefits, followed by a supportive discussion on self-image from her own experience as a plus-size person. In Part 2, Kerr demonstrates how to modify yoga postures for larger bodies without compromising form. Of equal importance, she also guides the reader through pranayama breathing exercises. VERDICT Kerr delivers on bringing yoga to a wider audience. Her thorough introduction to yoga is easy to read, the accompanying photographs make the asanas a breeze to comprehend, and helpful considerations for physical limitations are given. A worthy purchase for a growing genre.—Ajoke Kokodoko, Oakland P.L.

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Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780757002151
Publisher:
Square One Publishers
Publication date:
02/28/2010
Pages:
240
Sales rank:
752,554
Product dimensions:
7.40(w) x 9.10(h) x 0.60(d)

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