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MegaYoga: The First Yoga Program for Curvy Women Paperback – May 29, 2006
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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.
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.
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
- 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.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
I love this book and I love Megan Garcia. She has taken the large woman a long ways in society. She is a beautiful woman making size to be more positively received in society. Read morePublished 2 months ago by Ryman Review
This book is very helpful when you need guidance on correct positions during your yoga practice. The book is out of print so if you want a good reference to use if you are not a... Read morePublished 4 months ago by LK
This is my number one recommendation for yoga for larger bodies. It's written for women, but men would find a lot of value in it, too. Read morePublished on March 2, 2014 by The Brooks Stead
This book was a great intro to me and my friends that had embarked on our yoga journey. I had gotten this book first and reviewed it and tried some of the poses. Read morePublished on April 27, 2013 by Ms Joan 2010
Firstly, I'd like to emphasise that if it is your mission to lose weight this book is not what you're looking for. Read morePublished on July 28, 2012 by McAnna
This book was a game changer for me. Yoga was always something I was going to do when I was thinner. Read morePublished on October 8, 2011 by Quickbeam
I recently started yoga and have an issue to some of the moves because I am larger on top that prevents me from enjoying some floor work. Read morePublished on January 14, 2011 by Mari
Very happy w/ this book. Has workouts according to time for you,makes it easy to jump right in. Also provides easy ways to move parts of our body to easily get into a pose. Read morePublished on August 9, 2010 by anonymous
I love this book. Plus size or not, this is an excellent book for beginning yoga students. The pictures are great and her comments are reassuring that it's ok if you need to... Read morePublished on June 1, 2010 by Laura R