For our 23rd episode, I had the pleasure to sit down with Liz Eskridge. Liz is the right hand woman of Anna Guest-Jelly, founder of Curvy Yoga, an organization that encourage body acceptance, that trains teachers and creates a safe and inclusive space for people to practice yoga no matter their size. I’ve been wanting to show the diversity that exist in the yoga world that is often less represented so I taught curvy yoga was a great place to start!
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ABOUT OUR GUEST
In 2013, Liz completed her teacher training with Curvy Yoga, an online yoga studio and teacher training center that helps people of all shapes and sizes find true acceptance and freedom, both on and off the mat.
She now plays an integral role in the Curvy Yoga organization through the Curve Camp, Curvy Yoga Teacher Training, and as the Studio Manager of their local studio in Nashville, TN.
QUESTIONS SHE ANSWERED DURING THIS EPISODE :
Can you tell us a bit about yourself and your yoga journey?
Can you explain what is curvy yoga and why it was founded?
For you personally, why did you want to bring curvy yoga to your community?
What can people expect from a curvy yoga class?
How are the poses taught differently? Can you give a few examples of how poses are modified?
How does the yoga practice it self and the piece about body acceptance brought together?
How do you balance body acceptance and using yoga as a way to feel better in your body and in your mind? Can you accept and love fully your body and still want to change it?
How do you hope the practice on the mat reflects in the student’s life off the mat? Anything different than from regular yoga classes?
Do you think curvy yoga is contributing or helping to make regular classes more accessible? Or does is encourage a culture of segregation?
When people have practiced curvy yoga, are they equipped to go to a regular class and modify for themselves?
How can regular classes be more inclusive? What kind of modification teachers should learn to be able to offer? What are the needs of curvy bodies?
How do you think curvy yoga is represented on social media?
How much teachers like Jessamyn Stanley have raised awareness for the movement/ changed perceptions/ helped?
For curvy students out there or teachers that what to learn to be more inclusive, what are some resources they can turn to?
*Edited and mixed by Alexandre Saba
* Photo by Paul Miller for Yoga Journal