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Studios around the country are offering “Fat Yoga”

Michael Hayes, who owns Buddha Body Yoga, works with students during an intermediate-level yoga class, in New York, Feb. 21, 2015. Specialized classes and studios, like Buddha Body Yoga, are trying to combat the stereotype of only thin people who do yoga in an effort to reclaim the practice for people of all body types. (Brian Harkin/The New York Times)

Hot yoga and pot yoga are old news: the latest trend, apparently, is fat yoga. Yoga studios geared toward overweight people who might feel out-of-place in traditional classes have been cropping up in New York, Portland, Austin and Nashville. “Many fat people have had terrible experiences at a regular studio, where the teacher assumes they’re a beginner, is unwilling to touch them or is condescending and sees them through their own prejudice,” a blogger told the New York Times. Some practitioners embrace the label “fat yoga,” while others prefer euphemisms like “Curvy Yoga” or “Yoga for Abundant Bodies.”

Read the full story at The New York Times.

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