The Move with Love Podcast

How accessible yoga benefits everybody

August 31, 2021

You might think that teaching accessible yoga means teaching people in chairs or those with injuries. But when you teach with the intention to create classes that everyone can feel good in then you're teaching accessible yoga.

And yet, the cues you use, if you use props or not, and the language in your classes might not actually work for everyone that attends. So what really is "accessible" yoga and how do we incorporate that mindset into our classes?

In this powerful and insightful episode, Kristine Sofiedal shares her experience as a yoga teacher and practitioner in a larger body. Her story and journey will inspire you deeply and help you see how you teach yoga in a whole new light. A must listen!

About Kristine Sofiedal

 

Most of my life I have had a strained relationship with my body, until I found yoga. Yoga was my
gateway into body acceptance, body positivity and self-love. It was where I found others that looked like
me, that moved with joy and looked confident in their bodies. It sparked something in me, and I found
myself becoming more and more accepting of myself and my body. I started to move in ways that felt
good to me, making the poses fit me and my body where I was and not feeling I had to hide. But the
people I found so inspiring were only available on social media. I was the only one that looked like me in
yoga classes and I had to research and find my own way to make a lot of poses more accessible to me.

As a teacher, I want others to see bodies like theirs and I want to teach other yoga teachers how
to make poses more accessible to more bodies. EveryBODY can do yoga, but not everyBODY can do
all yoga. In Formfull Yoga classes, workshops and trainings (coming in 2022) props play a leading role. They are NOT used because we can't do something but used to create better access to our bodies and to create more space for moving with loving-kindness within our bodies.

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