Jos olet epäillyt aloittavasi joogaamista, älä enää emmi. Jooga sopii kaikille!

Tämä nainen todistaa, että jooga voi olla kenen tahansa laji, eikä harrastamista pidä jättää väliin minkään turhan syyn vuoksi – ainakaan ulkonäön tai oman olemuksen. Huippusuosittu Dana Falsetti jakaa yli 190 000 seuraajan Instagram-tilillään muille naisille inspiraatiokuvia ja -videoita itsestään joogaamassa. Kaiken keskiössä on viesti siitä, että itseään tulee rakastaa sellaisena kuin on.

Nainen aloitti alunperin Instagramiin päivittämisen tapana pitää joogapäiväkirjaa itselleen. Sittemmin naisen päivityksistä on tullut ilmiö, ja naisen joogaamisen ympärille on kehittynyt varsinainen yhteisö. Muutkin ovat uskaltautuneet joogaamaan ja jakamaan kokemuksiaan aidossa ja kannustavassa ympäristössä.

22-vuotias Falsetti Pennsylvaniasta on kertonut kärsineensä ahmimisesta ja siitä aiheutuneesta epävarmuudesta omaa kroppaansa kohtaan. Falsetti, joka painoi enimmillään 136 kiloa, kertoo olleensa myös hyvin onneton tämän vuoksi elämässään. Vaikka hän laihdutti aina aika ajoin, ei hän kokenut voivansa hyvin, vaan pikemminkin tunsi olonsa hämmentyneeksi ja eksyksissä olevaksi.

Joogan myötä nainen on löytänyt keinon suhtautua positiivisemmin omaan vartaloonsa, ja harrastuksen myötä hän on myös saanut takaisin itsearvostuksensa. Enää hän ei arvostele itseään lujasti ja estä itse itseään saavuttamasta unelmiaan kokonsa vuoksi, vaan uskoo omiin kykyihinsä ja mahdollisuuksiinsa. Hän on todistanut sekä itselleen että muille, että myös pluskokoinen ihminen voi joogata ja nauttia siitä.

Nyt Falsetti rakastaa kroppaansa ja sen sisäistä vahvuutta. Joogan myötä hän voitti syömishäiriönsä, joka johti ainaiseen ahmimiseen ja mässäilyyn, ja löysi elämälleen merkityksellisyyttä. Joogaaminen muutti hänen suhtautumisensa elämään. Hän on todistanut joogaamisen aloittamisen myötä ennen kaikkea itselleen olleensa väärässä oman kehonsa suhteen.

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Workshops: Seattle (sold out!), Denver, Baltimore, Pittsburgh, Dallas. Link in bio for dates, details, and sign up. Of everything I do, teaching is my favorite. It takes so much of my energy because I put my entire heart and soul into every moment of it, but it's worth every bit. I learn so much from all of you who come to class, and I'm so inspired by every student I interact with. It's an honor to share what I've learned and what has made such an impact on my life with all of you. Yes I teach yoga and we will share an experience exploring the capabilities of our bodies, but it goes much further than that. I teach yoga as a medium for the larger message. It's about self-love and truly knowing your worth. It's about showing up and giving yourself a chance to see and believe in what's possible. Come share the experience with a room full of incredible people just like you. Photo by the amazing @cheyennegil

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What does it mean to have mental endurance? I think it's the way we talk to ourselves, what we choose to believe as truth. Today I found myself almost accidentally taking about 5 mile hike on a very steep incline. The way down was fine of course, and we eventually got to an overlook about 50 feet above the water with a gorgeous view. But I earned that view, because on the way up I thought I was going to die. I mean die. My heart was pounding, I had to walk so slowly I felt like I was barely moving and never going to make it. Everybody else we passed had hiking sticks and boots, it was no joke. But one foot in front of the other got me to the top. I cried for a moment on the way up because I was so overwhelmed. It was the first time in a very long time that I felt heavy and incapable. I was shit talking myself like I haven't in ages. In the end I might have moved the slowest, but I made it up there. My body is capable, sometimes I just have to do things a little differently than others, and that's ok. It doesn't mean I'm not strong. Remember that sentiment the next time you go to a yoga class, or whatever it is, and feel like the odd person out. We're all on our own paths, and our truths are ours to believe.

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Final hours to get my @codyapp Making Shapes bundle for over 30% off! This 60-day series is a great opportunity for beginner and intermediate yogis alike to create a solid foundation of strength and shapes, which is exactly what I am giving you. I can’t wait to see where this series takes you. codyapp.com/makingshapes (see link in bio) Thanks to everyone who has already logged their workouts on @codyapp and shared their experiences with this series so far! Mariana D. – "I noticed that I am definitely getting stronger and that these weeks of repeating the first 3 videos over and over is paying off. And, with that said, today was difficult, yet I am inspired by the foundation of strength that I’m, building up. One day at a time." Heather R. – "The description for this video really hit home for me tonight. 'It’s important to recognize the fruits of your efforts – it doesn’t matter how small they may seem.' I’m going to give credit where credit is due. My body is strong. My body is powerful. My body is determined. Throughout this entire time, as much as I wanted to give up on it, my body never gave up on me."

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Can we get some body diversity up in here PLEASE? I had a pretty in depth discussion today with some friends and fellow practitioners about activewear clothing companies. Honesty, this is one of the reasons I've even remained on social media. To be a voice in the midst of the bullshit. I get messages every single day from people asking where I get my yoga clothes because they can only find black leggings that fit poorly. Fat people want comfortable, flattering, black/striped/patterned/fun colored yoga pants just like everybody else. I want to buy a pair of yoga pants I can practice in, not an imagine. I get it, it's smart marketing. They want you to believe you're cool and sexy and skinny and whatever if you're rocking Lulu head to toe. I get it, it's lame. Inclusivity, I'm looking for you. There are so many companies, all the big guys really, who continuously perpetuate this problem. The only conclusion I can come to is they don't want fat people repping their clothes. Not only is it incredibly shallow, it's also just bad for business. I find myself scrolling through some of the most popular companies like @aloyoga and @lululemon, and I cannot find a single inch of diversity. I have no shame in calling them out. I'm just stating the obvious anyway, right? I scrolled and scrolled and couldn't find anybody over a size medium being featured, and even that's pushing it. I'm not saying don't buy their clothes, I'm not saying their clothes aren't great (haven't tried them), I'm not saying the people they market aren't beautiful or shouldn't be shown. But the rest of us are beautiful too, and we deserve to feel it and be represented just like anybody else. But we're in luck 🙂 My personal favorites that run roughly from S to 4x: @k.deer (wearing), @lineagewear, @mymanifesta, @fractal.9 (all 4 are manufactured or handmade in the US) and @torridfashion. My bras are @underarmour. Tag your favorite companies below so we can all be in the know! Post is not sponsored in any way. I want everybody to feel comfortable and confident and I never want ill-fitting or ultra boring yoga pants to keep you from practicing.

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hey y'all – just wanted to let you know my @codyapp plans are 30% off until April 4th with promo code "spring." It's been amazing to interact with all of you who are doing the classes. I love seeing the comments transform from a place of defeat to a place of excitement and even joy. So many of you started off so sure you wouldn't progress, only to surprise yourselves by how capable you already were. I love it. Making Shapes 1 is suitable for beginners thru intermediate practitioners, and focuses on building a strong foundation. It also includes the wrist strengthening routine many of you ask about. Making Shapes 2 builds from the first plan so you can start piecing bits of your practice together in a seamless way. You'll notice that even the most advanced poses are built off of shapes you're probably already making in your practice. If you're in my little Cody fam, say hi!!

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Each time I practice, especially when I practice strong (like Ashtanga today with @samseesworld) I am reminded of why I do this. When I'm halfway through primary series and I'm sure there is no way I can do one more jump back or chaturanga even with my knees down, I am reminded. Because I always get to savasana one way or another, without fail. It doesn't kill me, I'm still breathing, and I'm better for it. There have been and always will be times when I'll feel like I can't take anymore, and I'll have every excuse to justify giving up. But I've learned that if you can face a challenge in one area of your life, you can do it always. Last call to sign up for this weekend's Philly workshops at @diamondhotyoga. Fundamentals tomorrow and Inversions on Sunday. Can't wait 🙂 Link in my bio to sign up. Only a couple spots left. Photo by @matthiaskhan.

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I've gotten so many questions about binge eating, and because I can't answer everybody individually, I'll do it here. If you're interested in my story, read on: I don't know when my binge eating disorder started, because I didn't recognize that I had one until I was out of it. I think I was around 10-12 when it started. Plenty of reasons I could attribute to the start – my parents got divorced, it was a tumultuous time in general, puberty, etc. All I really remember was eating as a response to everything. No matter what I felt, the answer was food. In a way I think it was a form of self torture, all tying back into lacking self-worth. When you don't have that sense of self, I think it's common to find ways to self destruct. I would sneak downstairs at night and eat everything I could find until I felt sick and still keep eating. It was always portion control for me. If there was food left on the plate, I ate it even if I was full. If I was going to have a handful of something, I'd just eat the whole box. Looking back I see I felt completely powerless to my own actions, and I felt like a victim of the universe. I would eat and then cry because I felt so terrible that I couldn't stop myself. This went on for years. I battled with losing and gaining weight all while continuing to binge. The only time I couldn't get away with it was at fat camp, but even then we had ways of sneaking food around. The cycle continued until my sophomore year of college. Freshman year I passed 300 pounds, and that was my personal breaking point. I was miserable for many reasons and they were internal, but had external manifestations. That's the thing about being heavy, it was like a metaphor for my life. It was like all my internal insecurities showed on my body, and I felt like everybody could see them. continued in the comment below ⬇️

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Thank you all so much for helping me get my Facebook back! Y'all are the best support team ever. The other day I spoke about privilege in an interview and about how much it has to do with my practice. This is such an important thing that I haven't touched on enough. I started practicing yoga over the summer in between semesters. I was working, but I had the free time for plenty of yoga with few other obligations (like lots of bills, kids, you name it). When I got back to school in the fall I was only part time because I loaded up on credits earlier on. So again, I had hours a day to enjoy my practice, access to resources to learn about it, and so on. My practice has shifted as it always does, but it's something to note. You never know where somebody is starting from or what's available to them. And if you are lucky enough to be able to practice, to even have knowledge of it, be grateful and share what can help others. It's truly a gift. Just another reason why the obsession with poses is so unwarranted. Consider this the next time you get on your mat and you may notice that your focus changes. I'll be doing the same. Photo by @brookemichellej

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You're already stronger than you know, and it's not just about what it looks like. Photo by @mixtapedonthate

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Over the last few days I've gotten countless messages about how to start practicing, where you can take my classes, etc. First of all of you want to start practicing, just do it. Go to a class even if you feel insecure, find some classes online and don't be afraid to let them kick your ass in the best way, make it happen because you deserve that time for self care. I can't help you make the time for it, but I can give you resources. Last week I launched my @codyapp plan that I am so honored to share. This plan includes my wrist and shoulder routine, posture break downs in simple language, an awesome strength building class to give you a solid foundation, and flows to put it all together. It's great for beginners, for those in bigger bodies and all bodies, for seasoned practitioners, for everyone. The coolest part about @codyapp is that I can interact with you as you log the classes, so I'm available online to answer any questions along the way. Today's Riverside CA workshop is sold out, but I have upcoming workshops in Alexandria VA, New Orleans, Philly, and Denver! Sign up through the link in my bio. xx

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2 years ago I was convinced I'd never hold a headstand, then it happened. Then I was sure forearm balance was impossible for me, then it happened. I certainly never dreamed I could feel light on my hands, but it's happening. Not long ago I couldn't kick up to the wall. I felt heavy, uncoordinated, and in my own way. But there's nothing special about me, I just do the practice. Even though I don't want to sometimes, even though somedays I feel so heavy, even though poses come and go. I show up to prove myself wrong and every time I do, it's a reminder to be a little kinder to myself from the get go. The craziest thing is that now I realize all of this was always possible, even through my darkest times. I was always capable of this kind of strength in my life. I just didn't believe it. Negative self-talk will limit you far longer than your body will. leggings are @k.deer

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None of this shit comes easily to me. I felt like I could barely move my body when I started practicing. Honestly, most days I don't feel like getting on my mat and I have to remind myself of why I do. People ask me all the time – how do you keep showing up? Where does the discipline come from? For me, the answer is worth. If you really, truly believe you are worth it, you will show up for yourself. But it can't just come from a place of superficial belief. You probably know you should feel worthy, but if you don't really feel it, it isn't real. And the reality is that you are the one who will bring yourself to the mat everyday, or not. When your practice comes from a place of self-love and care, nothing can shake that. No matter who believes in you or not, you always will. And at first it might be really sucky, if you're like me you might feel like your body is in the way, that certain poses are inevitably impossible for you. The truth is, and I believe, that with practice anything is possible. Whether or not you give yourself a chance and continue to do so is up to you.

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For everybody who asked how to get into this one 🙂

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Some real time practice. Every single time I get on my mat it's an accomplishment, one that I'll never take for granted. I don't care what does or doesn't happen when I'm there, because I've already done so much just by showing up. For years I was just about the laziest person you could meet. To be in a place now where I'm actually excited to move my body is amazing to me. What's more is I have a desire to better myself. For me, a lot of that comes from physical practice because it translates so clearly. I was checking out my shoulder muscles this morning and allowed myself to be proud. Not from vanity, but from a place of immense growth. I have put in a lot of work. I never thought I could be strong, I never thought I'd care enough to try. Every bit of strength and every moment I spend practicing means the world to me. Leggings: @bombsheller. Top: @torridfashion. Mat: @liforme.

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48 hours left to get my @codyapp Making Shapes bundle for the discounted price! I can tell you from personal experience that devoting time to yourself every day, simply for self-care, will result in more than you ever anticipated both on and off the mat. Yoga has changed and enriched my life in ways nothing else has. Because of my practice, my life doesn't revolve around my body. It's not limited or defined by it. I live and practice how I feel. codyapp.com/makingshapes I created this 2-part series to help you realize that anything is possible for you. I’ll share with you techniques and skills that helped me develop the practice I have today. Headstands, arm balances and backbends will become available to you because you will have developed strength, flexibility with a solid understanding of yoga’s essential shapes. Try both free 10-minute previews through the link in my bio!

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