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Randella 12-21-2011 11:20 AM

Yoga. Oh no.
Well ladies (and gents? do we have gents here? I shan't discriminate), hell has officially frozen over. I am about to embark on my yoga journey.

I'm currently squeezed into yoga pants, and a "yoga top" - uh, question, since when does yoga have it's own clothing line? I resemble a sausage - and I'm about to bend and stretch my fluff and stuff all over the place.

The reasoning? I was told (by a less than friendly, annorexic looking girl at my barn), that I'm the best "backyard rider" that she'd ever seen, and that I belong on the back of a hack horse.That my posture would be better if I wasn't so thick, and that it's hard to see what colour my saddle is from underneath my thighs.

... hell hath no fury like a woman scorned.

So, immediately after that, I vowed to begin trying to get into shape - and working with Jag so that in the summer we can accompany the person to a hunter jumper show.

Wish me luck. If nobody hears from me after 12 hours, I'm probably stuck, folded up like a pretzel - send help.

MN Tigerstripes 12-21-2011 11:26 AM

:lol: Good luck! Just take it slow, breathe, and listen to your body! I really enjoy yoga, but some of the dvds suck and are really difficult to do at first, so don't get discouraged if you have to search a little to find one that fits you.

I feel your pain, I've just embarked upon my first personal trainer experience. I hate him. (so he must be doing something right I guess... )

Golden Horse 12-21-2011 11:32 AM

I love us big girls, I notice that all your descriptions are food based:thumbsup::thumbsup:

Good for you on your plan to get fit

Randella 12-21-2011 11:32 AM

I'm listening to my body, and it says it wants a Big Mac :p

In reality though, it wasn't that bad - just a lot of weird creaking noises coming from muscles and joints that I didn't know I had.

Cinnys Whinny 12-21-2011 11:42 AM

I am having the same struggle you are, but have heart, there are many great plus size riders. In fact there is a lady that goes to ALL the dressage shows in my area, is 3rd level dressage and she is very def a plus size. (google "melonie manning arabella" to find some youtube with her) I think she is one of the best riders and trainers I have seen at our level. People don't like showing against her because she always takes all of the medals away.

I asked her for advice one day and she told me that she does yoga, pilates, and balance ball exercises geared towards core and thigh strengthening. She only takes yoga classes and does everything else in the privacy of her own home with video. The Pilates video is "pilates for dressage" and you can find it through the Sarah Martin website (Just google "Sarah Martin" that's how I found it).

I started trying to do the same and my riding has improved greatly. Only I don't do the public yoga yet. Maybe one day I'll have less gut, giving me more guts to do public classes ha ha.

Good luck and remember to just try to have fun :)

Randella 12-21-2011 11:50 AM

Thanks for all the positivity ladies!

I haven't opted for public classes yet either - this session was directed by a bunch of YouTube videos :p

But I feel pretty good. Did two videos (so about 20 minutes of it), and I'm thinking of doing one more.

Definitely something I'll be keeping up :)

MHFoundation Quarters 12-21-2011 12:00 PM

Good for you! I've been doing yoga via on demand from the cable company. Not brave enough to join the skinny minnies at the gym yet. I've found that 20 minutes in the morning when I first get up really gets my energy levels up for the whole day.

I'm not plus sized now, but have been, I'm a yo-yo. I've still got about 20 lbs to go. Riding a lot (I'm in the saddle at least 4 hours a day up to 9 sometimes), 45 minutes on the elliptical trainer every other day and yoga in the am is keeping me losing on a slow, steady pace. Now if I'd give up all the yummy, not good for me food, I'd surely lose more but....

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