These 5 Yogis Prove That EVERYBody Has the Perfect Body For Yoga

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1. Valerie aka Big Gal Yoga

Valerie aka Big Gal Yoga is a yoga practitioner, installation artist, ceramicist, radical self love enthusiast, and body positive encourager based in the SF Bay Area. She started her yoga practice at her university with yogi Lawrence Caughlan who gave her a positive view on practicing yoga, and believing that as long as you have the determination, motivation, and patience anyone can do yoga. Valerie’s yoga practice is about learning to love yourself physically and mentally through yoga. Learning to listen to your body, to know when to push it and when to protect it.  She blogs are www.biggalyoga.com

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2. Jessamyn Stanley

Jessamyn Stanley is a yoga teacher, body positive advocate, and writer based in Durham, North Carolina. Jessamyn uses high energy vinyasa flow as a way to move past mental and emotional barriers. Her classes provide a body positive approach to yoga which celebrates students’ bodies and encourages them to ask “How do I feel?” rather than “How do I look?” when practicing yoga.  She blogs at jessamynstanley.com


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3. J.

J~ Just a woman living a positive life & hoping to pass it on

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4. Dana Falsetti

Dana Falsetti came to her yoga practice after years of binge eating and struggling with self-love. She, like much of our society, used to equate her size with her happiness. Early in college she hit a point where she was both her heaviest and unhappiest, and she decided to make a change. After a year of steady weight loss, she realized that while her body looked different, nothing really changed. She found herself in a “new” body with all of her old habits, tendencies and insecurities. That’s when Dana walked into her first yoga class.


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5. Amber Karnes

Amber Karnes is an aspiring yogi, RYT-200 yoga asana teacher, and a lifelong student of her body.  Amber is a big fan of “yoga in non-yoga places” and often teaches free, accessible classes in her community. She serves on the Yoga and Body Image Coalition and the Advisory Council for Women’s Power Space and seeks to further the message of inclusivity, consent, agency, body positivity, and accessibility for all on and off the mat. Amber blogs at bodypositiveyoga.com.