For some, yoga conjures up an image of emaciated and scantily clad bendy people twisted up like Rold Gold pretzels. This can be a big turn off for those of ample form, but thankfully, several pioneers have paved the way for all sizes to feel comfortable joining a yoga class or practicing at home, so they too can gain the health benefits of yoga.
Megan Garcia, founder of MegaYoga is a plus-sized model based in New York City. She took her first yoga class as a college elective credit in 1991 and since then received her yoga teacher certification at the Kripalu center in Lenox, Massachusetts. In 2004, she teamed up with the plus-size clothing line Just My Size to create “Just My Size Yoga with Megan Garcia,” a best-selling yoga DVD for plus-sized beginners. In addition to the video, Megan wrote the book MegaYoga published by DK books in 2006.