“Fat” has been used as an insult since before we were born. It was supposed to be just an adjective, but “#Fat Yoga” says fuck the rules. Who says “fat” has to be an insult?
Fat asses were looked down upon until Meghan Trainor’s song “All About That Bass” hit the radio. If it took centuries to finally appreciate the effort and hard work it takes to earn a backside like Beyonce’s, just how long will it be until fat is a description rather than a way to hurt someone?If it took centuries to finally appreciate the effort and hard work it takes to earn a backside like Beyonce's, just how long will it be until fat is a description rather than a way to hurt someone? Click To Tweet
I had not heard of “fat yoga” until it appeared on the explore section of my Instagram app. But once I found it, it was hard to ignore. It was as if you had been told there was only one way to tie a shoe, then someone showed you a different way for the first time, leaving you awestruck. To me, it was art.To me, it was art. Click To Tweet
But first, let me explain the meaning behind of the term “#FatYoga”. People are looked upon with sharp eyes in this highly digitized age. Especially if you do a downward dog but don’t look like the typical yoga gurus: slim, young, and bendy.
So those who don’t fit the cookie-cutter mold put a #FatYoga with their Instagram pictures and tweets to promote a quiet trend.So those who don't fit the cookie-cutter mold put a #FatYoga with their Instagram pictures and tweets to promote a quiet trend. Click To Tweet
Just like the black community reclaiming the “N” word and women taking back the “B” word, curvier women say they are reclaiming the “fat” in “#FatYoga”. They are doing it to express it as a positive rather than a negative term.
The hashtag is associated with an actual company. Leading the “Fat Yoga” movement is eating disorder and body image expert Sarah Harry, director of Body Positive Australia.
Harry says “we offer classes to people in bigger bodies who have not felt comfortable in general classes. The classes are safe, fun and all the postures are modified so that your body feels totally comfortable. We use the word ‘Fat’ to reclaim it as just a descriptive word, rather than a hurtful slur.”
Sarah hopes to make Fat Yoga convenient and welcoming to all by using trained teachers who are a variety of sizes. Her Fat Yoga classes currently run in Sydney and Melbourne, along with retreats coming up in Victoria’s Hepburn Springs and in Bali.
And if you happen to live near those areas and want to join as bad as me, you can go ahead and click on the picture of Sarah from above. You can spot her wearing a white tank top and a fabulous blue cardigan.