Definition - What does HeavyWeight Yoga mean?
HeavyWeight yoga is a style of yoga developed and trademarked by certified Kripalu yoga instructor, Abby Lentz. It is designed specifically for people who are overweight. This practice modifies 24 of yoga's foundational poses and incorporates supportive language designed specifically for heavier people.
HeavyWeight yoga uses props and slower pacing to support overweight bodies. It is not a weight-loss program, instead focusing on improving the individual's range of motion and promoting body acceptance.
Yogapedia explains HeavyWeight Yoga
HeavyWeight yoga props include yoga blocks, chairs and other equipment that accommodates the extra weight, weaker joints and limited muscular strength of heavier practitioners. This style of yoga also avoids full weight-bearing inversion poses.
The philosophy of HeavyWeight yoga promotes self-love and what it refers to as "the three As": awareness of the body, acceptance of what the body can and cannot do, and affection for the body just as it is.
Just like other styles of yoga, HeavyWeight yoga offers a multitude of benefits. Among them are:
- Reduced stress
- Increased flexibility and mobility
- Stronger core muscles
- Improved cardiovascular system and lower blood pressure
- An overall sense of well-being