When you look at a plus size woman, the first thought you have on your mind is “I wonder, if she works out! How can one be so fat?” It is high time we all get our facts right first! A plus size women can be completely flexible and capable of performing the toughest yoga poses. Yoga has nothing to do with size. It has to do with body and soul. 28-year-old yogini from San Jose, California, Valerie Sagun has been practicing hatha yoga for the past four years. Due to her big size she felt it was needed for people to realize body shaming is not something that can put a plus size woman’s confidence down. So, she began posting her pictures performing asanas on Tumblr. “By being a curvy woman of color, I get to show a lot of underrepresented people that they are capable of anything.” After her Tumblr blog gained popularity and it reached 10,000 followers milestone, her fans requested her to come on Instagram. Valerie has been putting up her pictures on Instagram since one and a half years and has been slamming people who think slim bodies are the only perfect bodies. Valarie is an inspiration for people with different body types. She sends them a great message: To love their body. People are getting motivated to come out and do whatever they want without being ashamed of their body and its size.
“At first, I only did Tumblr,” Sagun told BuzzFeed Life. “But when I got to 10,000 followers and people asked me to join Instagram, I decided to go for it.”
1. We bet, you never thought a big girl could do THIS.
2. And this too!
“I’ve never really felt self-conscious about my body during yoga classes,” Sagun says. “For me, yoga is all about the mind and positive thinking. I get anxiety and depression, and practicing has helped me through that.”
3. Here’s Valarie killing all the stereotypes one at a time.
4. Have you seen someone do perfect headstands like her?
5. Valerie is one power girl!
7. So when do you plan to join yoga classes you always wanted to go to but couldn’t because you thought people will find you odd looking?
9. She is a star!
10. BTW, besides her infectious confidence, we love her yoga wardrobe too, specially those leggings! <3
Way to go Big Gal Yoga! More power to you.
All images sourced from Instagram/biggalyoga/