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MegaYoga: The First Yoga Program for Curvy Women Paperback – May 29, 2006
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About the Author
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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This book is laid out very simply in a logical order. Beginning with Megan sharing her experience with yoga giving the reader a sense of understanding. Megan isn't just spouting of someone's idea, she is speaking from experience. She understands the search for clothing that is appropriate. She understands, because she has been there. She gets it that your body getting in the way. The difficulty of finding balance or focus especially when your body just is not capable. She understands that your body's conditions, shape and size can become a locked gate to finding that spiritual and emotional balance that can be achieved with yoga
Megan's positive attitude is woven throughout this whole book. She isn't making you feel it is important to change your body or that you need to lose weight to do it. She makes you feel more receptive of your body and okay in your own skins. Instead of changing you to fit the yoga or do without the experience she changes the yoga to fit you. This book was just what I needed to put me in the right state to start what I really felt would be a big step forward for me. I've put my music on that relaxes me and I follow what is in the book. Four days a week I follow her workout for beginners. Then there is a video I watch for two days. In the beginning I could do nothing but watch. Now, because I am modifying many of the poses and actions I can do about half of the first lesson.
The alternative poses that Megan presents creates a confidence. Megan explains the traditional way of doing poses. Explains why or how the pose is difficult for the larger person and how to adjust and presents an alternative to the pose. Because she explains what each pose does and how to adjust still trying to get the same benefit. The reader is able to make some adjustments of their own.
Yoga is not intended to hurt you although you will feel the use of certain muscles. You can still get optimum benefits from the yoga activity.
This book currently is not available, but I will continue to look for it because I want to get a couple of copies for friends.
That said, I appreciate the comments in the book about modifying poses for one's own body; that has helped me tremendously. I need to do the Tree pose to help my ankle heal- the book suggests doing it against a wall and it has made all the difference to me. Also, any pose that hurts I modify so that I'm working a muscle group but not injuring myself.
I like that the book recommends minimal props; indeed, the only prop I find I need (aside from clothing) is an extra-thick yoga mat.
My final recommendation: the book plus DVD are a winning combination.
Overall, this book is worth 10 times its weight in gold!
truly amazed this concept hasn't taken off in regular excersize TV shows...hopefully the will do it soon!
Can't wait until I can afford the DVD set...hahaha,as a financially strapped student I have to wait until my next check of Financial Aid arrives!