So it comes as no surprise that the self-love guru is continuing to remove barriers when it comes to yoga by teaming up with body-positive lifestyle brand Superfit Hero, to launch an inclusive, accessible, pay-what-you-can online yoga studio.
Big bodies are capable. Many big bodies love to move. Many are strong. When given the chance many of us will gladly show you your assumptions about us have been planted and are false. I’m not mad at you for having those assumptions about me and my body or others, I had the same ones about myself because I was brainwashed too. And yet… many are runners, lifters, dancers, yoga practitioners, and everything in between just like anybody else. You might not see us on that clothing site, on that brand’s social media, in your favorite yoga magazine or wherever else. You might only see us in before and after photos, in ads for weight loss, in articles about health concern, as tokens, but we are out here for ourselves and deserving of this space. Your eye is trained to see us in these spaces and find us out of place. But we belong. We are capable. I never pursued strength or movement because I thought it wasn’t for me or was shamed and ridiculed for attempting either at essentially every point in life from grade school on. I saw and see the looks and hear the laughter. Of course people always change their tune when they see what I’m capable of – and doesn’t that just reiterate my point? Only valid if I can shock you out of your assumptions… but you know what? That’s alright. I’ll keep doing my thing and being shocking with my body, with my words, with my fire, and that’s exactly why I’m here. Literally here on instagram, and here as in existence. To live for me and never hold myself back. If I can give any insight to ignorance by existing, that’s cool. When I move and breathe I get to be fully connected to this amazing body I disassociated from for so long and it’s true peace. I don’t feel drawn to posting much asana these days, but when I look at this photo I smile because I feel peace. I see my path and how much work I’ve done for myself against many odds. I get to keep that no matter what anybody thinks and that’s the beauty of inner validation. Don’t underestimate those of us in big bodies just as we shouldn’t underestimate ourselves, and don’t judge or shame the ones that don’t impress you either. It’s our time and it’s been a long time coming @michelesuits
“Unfortunately, you’re just not going to see a lot of chair yoga classes or simple balance moves that aren’t flashy on the internet because they don’t grab people’s eyes, but there is so much more to yoga than that and there are so many people who need that content and just aren’t getting it.” (Related: Affordable Wellness Retreats That Won’t Break the Bank)