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MegaYoga: The First Yoga Program for Curvy Women Paperback – May 29, 2006

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Megan Garcia is a successful plus-size model and certified, Manhattan-based yoga instructor. Her 2005 DVD, Yoga Just My Size(tm) With Megan Garcia, received national coverage on the Today Show, CNN, MSNBC, and in the pages of the Los Angeles Times, the New York Post, and Figure magazine, among others. She has also appeared as a model in Glamour, the style guide book, Figure it Out, ads for Lane Bryant, and fashion segments for television's The View.
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Product Details

  • Paperback: 160 pages
  • Publisher: DK (May 29, 2006)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0756619475
  • ISBN-13: 978-0756619473
  • Product Dimensions: 7.2 x 0.5 x 9.3 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (20 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #80,472 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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101 of 101 people found the following review helpful By lesa on June 20, 2006
Format: Paperback
For too long yoga instruction has ignored the needs of larger woman. I have been in yoga classes where the question "what do I do with my boobs?" was greeted with a puzzled look from my teacher.

Last year, I once again embarked on a yoga journey with the Just My Size Yoga DVD. I love it! Now, the instructor of that DVD has a book that builds on the poses and workouts highlighted in the DVD.

If you have ever been in a yoga class and felt out of place because of you size, this book is for you. If you want to enjoy the benefits of yoga, but learn adaptations for your curvy figure, this book is for you. If you want to feel good, and feel better about yourself, this book is for you!

MegaYoga stresses the benefits of yoga. Yoga improves health, releases stress, and builds self-esteem. MegaYoga does not, however, emphasize weight loss. Rather than setting a goal for someone you CAN BE, MegaYoga helps you love the person you ARE. It teaches the reader to love her body the way it is, and to not compare herself to others who are "thinner" or "more beautiful."

The book starts out with the journey of Megan Garcia, a beautiful plus size woman and yoga teacher. Next, the reader is introduced to "MegaYoga." MegaYoga teaches the traditional Hetha Yoga, but it acknowledges the special needs of the larger student. Posture, practice, props, and "moving the flesh" are all covered with a gentle, compassionate spirit.

The workout is broken down into "warm-up," "standing poses," "wall poses and inversions," "cleansing poses," and "quiet poses." While learning the poses, the book also provides a plan to help the learner grow with yoga. There are three workouts provide in the book, a 30 minute work out for the first 6 months, 60 minute workout for 6 - 18 months, and a 90 minute workout to go beyond 18 months.

I highly recommend this book for all the big, beautiful woman out there who want to reap the benefits of yoga.
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28 of 28 people found the following review helpful By M. E. Wood on January 13, 2007
Format: Paperback
Mega Yoga covers the basic concepts of Hatha yoga and focuses strongly on the ability to treat yourself with compassion and avoid judgement. Or as Megan says, to take up space with no second thoughts. In the physical realm it teaches you how to use props like straps, blocks, walls, chair to intensify and modify a pose. The importance of taking 15-20 minutes for quiet time is essential. There is more to yoga than poses so Megan teaches three types of breathing common to yoga practice but sometimes lost in class translation: dirgha breathing, ujjayi breathing and alternate nostril breathing.

At the end everything is arranged into three programs, 30 minute, 60 minute and 90 minute, with a small image of each pose and what page to find it on if you need more info.

I really enjoyed reading Mega Yoga and found it helpful for fine tuning moves I was somewhat familiar with as well as giving me some basic background information on the poses. I did not feel overwhelmed by the material and it is a quick read.

What I would have liked to have seen is a pull out section of the programs so I could post them while referring to the next move or perhaps a ring binding so the book would stay open at the page I'm working on. Technical things that have nothing to do with the content.

I thoroughly enjoyed reading this and highly recommend.
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18 of 18 people found the following review helpful By 2rescues on October 24, 2007
Format: Paperback
I am a yoga teacher with several Mega students in class. This book really helped me understand the challenges they face and gave me GREAT ways to help them in the postures. Megan is inspirational and very upbeat. I am all about inclusion and this really has helped me to accommodate larger women. A great resource on my bookshelf!
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20 of 24 people found the following review helpful By Dr. Joseph S. Maresca HALL OF FAMETOP 1000 REVIEWER on June 26, 2006
Format: Paperback
The volume depicts various Yoga positions for beginners and
intermediate practitioners of the art. The book is easy to read
and well organized. For someone unfamiliar with Yoga, it is
a good presentation.

For example, the author appears in full color pictures performing the following Yoga movements:
- circular neck stretches
- hands over head with palms joined
- seating position with the knees below the waist and knees
folded
- triangular pressure points in the shape of a triangle on the
ball of the foot
- lie on the back and lift the stomach upward
- get down on the knees and extend one leg fully outward
then extend the other leg fully outward
- kneel comfortably and bow forward with hands outstretched
and touching the floor
- lie down on the floor with feet crawling up the wall

These are just some of the many Yoga exercises depicted in
full color. The acquisition is well worth the price for the
valuable information provided . This book provides a good
introduction for someone planning to take Yoga formally or
someone who does not have the time yet would like to become
familiar with the various Yoga protocols.
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16 of 19 people found the following review helpful By Sara K. Fleagle on July 26, 2008
Format: Paperback
I enjoyed the book immensely, especially the parts about using props and how to deal with the "fleshier" parts (i.e. breasts, belly) during yoga. However, unless you can memorize the poses, it's rather frustrating. I wish the book was spiral bound so that it could be layed completely flat or could be propped up like some other yoga books. I liked the 2 yoga programs at the end of the book, but I think they are somewhat unrealistic for today's woman - the workouts vary from 30 to 90 minutes and Megan high encourages yoga to be done EVERY morning. I like yoga, but, come on! Most women, especially moms will find it nearly impossible in the rushed morning chaos to devote 30-90 minutes to yoga. For those single gals out there or those who work part time, I can see how this would work.
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