23-летняя Дана Фальцетти из штата Пенсильвания (США) весит более 100 килограммов, однако лишний вес не помешал девушке стать преподавателем йоги.
Девушка хотела похудеть, но за пару лет регулярных упражнений ей это не удалось. Но теперь за ее Instagram следят более 311 тысяч поклонников бодипозитива.
«Если бы, когда я росла, я видела моделей с целлюлитом, растяжками, изгибами, естественного вида кожу и тело, может, мне не нужно было бы потратить целых 22 года, чтобы полюбить то, что я имею», — рассказала Дана фолловерам.
По словам Даны, первое занятие йогой ей абсолютно не понравилось, но сейчас она может выполнять самые сложные асаны. «Когда-то я впервые вошла в зал и поняла, что я самая полная из всех, да еще и новичок. Я не могла устоять в позе „собака мордой вниз“ даже пять секунд. У меня горели плечи и болели ноги. В то же время другие становились в стойку на голове, будто это совсем не сложно», — поделилась девушка.
Сейчас Дана путешествует по миру, проводит мастер-классы и делится онлайн-уроками. «Многие думают, что им нужно быть худыми, гибкими или сильными, чтобы заниматься йогой. Пожалуйста, услышьте меня: йога — это для каждого», — заявляет Фальцетти. (Источник)
Where would I be without this practice? You know, I get that it's easy to scroll your feed and see cool poses, and think that's all there is to see here (or anywhere). I get that you see a body doing some crazy shit and it's easy to think that's all you're looking at. But when I tell you that this practice saved me, that it completely changed my life, I'm not exaggerating. That's why when people ask me why I'm still fat if I practice, or if yoga will help them lose weight or whatever, it kills me a little inside. This is not to be taken lightly. This is about much more than my body. Yoga is not my fitness routine, that is not why I'm here or why I practice. Quite frankly I think it's disrespectful as fuck to reduce it to that but that's for another day. I was basically asleep before yoga. I didn't know myself, what I did know about myself I hated, and the whole world seemed like such a dark place. My life felt inevitably doomed and it probably was in many ways so long as that's how I wanted to see it. You know I didn't realize I was a binge eater until I started practicing? I finally found out because I started coming to my mat when I wanted to pull out all of my defenses — eating to both torture myself and soothe myself, running and hiding away from it all, indulging in fleeting impulse comforts like sex and food and whatever else. Then I stepped on my mat and realized what it was to feel everything. Overwhelming, scary, but so powerful and so healing. Without this practice I would not be the person I am right now. Not a chance. I wouldn't have this awareness. I wouldn't know myself like I do. I still indulge in comforts and I still use my defenses because I'm human and all, but I could cry thinking about my gratitude for this practice and what it has given me. It gave back what I put in. I put in time for myself, and in return so many doors opened. They were always there but I never saw them so I could never walk through them. It's easy for me to stray from my practice because patterns aren't easily shifted, but the beautiful thing is I know it's always here for me when I'm ready to be here for myself. And it always has so much to give. Why do you practice?
This was the first arm balance in my practice. I vividly remember 3 years ago practicing in my mom's basement, trying to get my toes off the ground with my knees on the outsides of my arms and down by my elbows. Hips low, shoulders low. I mostly fell on my face (a lot), but one day my toes came off the floor just an inch. And over time, with more practice and a lot of patience, I got stronger. Fast forward 3 years and I've neglected parts of my practice for quite a while. What amazes me is that after months of not attempting a posture, it's still there and in ways it's stronger than ever because I am stronger than ever in mind and spirit. Even with more belly in the way. This is just one reason why it's all connected. Can the power of your mind, the strength to believe in yourself, be all strength you really need? How much do the things we tell ourselves impact the outcome? I think quite a bit. So much of this practice is mental training. It teaches you to believe, to try, to stay. If I can find a way to believe in my strength here, why shouldn't I be able to do that elsewhere? A trained mind is a force to be reckoned with.