A plus-size yogi has revealed how her physical practice helped her combat insecurities and launch a career in health.
Crystal Holt was once too embarrassed to attend a yoga class.
â€œI didnâ€™t want anyone else seeing my big butt bent over and in the air or boobs trying to escape my shirt,â€ she wrote for Mamamia.
â€œI would do a YouTube video class at home sometimes, but halfway through I would end upÂ sitting on the couchÂ just watching. I told myself, Iâ€™m paying for the gym membership; I better use it.â€
Today, Holt not only nails difficultÂ poses, but is also aÂ yoga teacher encouraging others to come out of their shells.
â€œI thought to myself, â€˜I can do this.’â€
â€œAnyone with a body can do yoga!â€ she declared. â€œBring your saggy boobs, flappy arms, and jiggly butts to the mat and try it out. Donâ€™t worry about looking dumb, because everyone else is also too wrapped up in their own worries about their bodies to notice yours.â€
Her message is spot-on, but the body ambassador admits the quest forÂ self-love was no easy task. When Holt signedÂ up to become an instructor, her body worries began creeping back.
â€œI signed up for my first teacher training and canceledÂ just two days later,â€ he said. â€œI was so scared to step out of my comfort zone, into a world that I thought I didnâ€™t belong.â€
After some reflection, Holt decided she wouldnâ€™t let negative self-talk hold her back. She signed up for a new training course, got her credentials â€” and the rest is history.
â€œNow Iâ€™m able to not just say yoga is for everyone but actually show it. Screw those social media stereotypes of what a yoga body should look like. â€¦Â Actual yoga practice is not about looking like a â€˜yogiâ€™ at all; itâ€™s about connecting the mind and body.â€