Yoga has taught me that every body is meant to be loved and respected as it is now. You are already worthy of love. You are enough. We’re all enough. I started sharing my yoga practice on Instagram and then wrote my book, Big Gal Yoga, because I want everyone, no matter their size or shape, to be able to feel that way too.
The following sequence is all about fostering self-love. I’ve brought these asanas together because they open the heart, increase blood flow to the brain, and invite you to tap into your core strength, increasing confidence, silencing negative thoughts, and alleviating stress.
A Heart-Opening Sequence for Self-Love
Find detailed instructions on how to access each pose, including props and modifications, in Big Gal Yoga: Poses and Practices to Celebrate Your Body and Empower Your Life. The book is organized as a 30-day challenge, with a new pose introduced each day. That structure is very intentional, so that each of us can start where we are, and develop a yoga practice over time. You don’t need to be a certain weight or have any specific thing happen in order to be ready to start doing yoga. You just need to take the first breath.
Adapted from Big Gal Yoga: Poses and Practices to Celebrate Your Body and Empower Your Life by Valerie Sagun. Published July 25, 2017 by Seal Press.
About the Author
Valerie Sagun, aka Big Gal Yoga, is a yoga practitioner, installation artist, ceramicist, radical self-love enthusiast, and body-positive encourager based in the SF Bay Area. Big Gal Yoga: Poses and Practices to Celebrate Your Body and Empower Your Life is her first book. Look for her on tour (dates, times, and places TBA).