Instagram's Big Gal Yoga is your ultimate body confidence guru

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Fat Yoga Studios Popping Up Across the Country

We are mostly used to seeing slim bodies populate yoga classes, where impossible positions are achieved through stretching, breathing and practicing the millenary tradition that came back as one of the trendiest activities out there. But who said yoga is exclusive to only certain body types?



Instagram account Big Gal Yoga is challenging this assumption and introducing the practice to people of every shape and size. Valerie, a prolific social media user and body-confidence enthusiast, is reshaping the way we think of body image with her posts. Just a few years after she started practicing Yoga, her love for the practice merged with her mission to encourage others to love their bodies and she started being a motivational inspiration for the masses.

Here is a gallery with some of her motivational Instagram posts:

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Day 20 Gomukhasana / Cow Face Pose of the July Yoga Challenge #GlowYourHips with @yogipeach and @biggalyoga Sponsors: @samudrakala @samastah @wearyourvoicemag @rainbeaucurves Come onto the floor in a seated position. I used a block to sit on, or you can use a blanket or bolster to prop your self up a bit. Bring one of the legs under, and the other leg over to crisscross. Bringing the knees toward the center. Root the tailbone down and lengthen the spine. Bring one arm over the head, and the other around to the back. Drop the top hand and bend the elbow to grab onto the other hand behind your back. You can use a strap to help connect the hands together as well. Lengthen the spine as you hold for 3-5 breaths and switch legs. How to participate: ● Follow @yogipeach and myself @biggalyoga as well as our sponsors @samastah @rainbeaucurves @wearyourvoicemag @samudrakala ● Take a photo or video of yourself in the daily pose and tag #GlowYourHips (Make sure your profile in public so we can see all of you lovely yogis!) Everyone is welcome to join. You can use any variation or modification, and we will have details on how to get into each pose of the day! Bralette by @torrid Shorts by @abombapparel
Aug 10th - Day 1 of the #FlexinASweat Yoga Wheel challenge with @gypsetcity and @biggalyoga Sponsors: @breakin_a_sweat @fractal.9 @laviebohemeyoga First day of the yoga wheel challenge! After 5-6 hours of driving in the car from L.A. back to the Bay Area, my back is happy to be moving bending! Take a revolved head to knee or a gate pose variation I did to open up the sides with or without the wheel. Love the massage on the calf as well. How to join in: ● Follow hosts @gypsetcity and @biggalyoga and sponsors @breakin_a_sweat @fractal.9 @laviebohemeyoga ● Share flyer to help promote! ● Post a photo or video of yourself in the daily pose (With or without a yoga wheel). ● Tag #FlexinASweat in your post as well as the hosts and sponsors! #yogachallenge #augustyogachallenge #yogawheel #BASyogawheel #breakinasweat #fractal9 #laviebohemeyoga #yoga #yogi #yogini #backbendlove #backopener #yogaprop #motivation #motivated #yogacommunity #gypsetcity #biggalyoga #yogapractice #yogaeverydamnday #yogaaday
I'm human. I break. I try to keep positive and keep to myself, but the honest truth is that I'm pretty depressed right now about some things. On and off crying for the past couple days, and having anxiety attacks that I can't stop. All I wanted to do today was put on cute lingerie, a cute dress, and binge watch The Walking Dead, as I cried. (Yes, dramic, I know.) Things will pass, I know it always does. I'm just consumed right now by my feelings that I can't stop. I know there's always a light even in the darkest places of my mind. Just have to wait it out.
Day 22 Ardha Chandrasana / Half Moon Pose of the July Yoga Challenge #GlowYourHips with @yogipeach and @biggalyoga Sponsors: @samudrakala @samastah @wearyourvoicemag @rainbeaucurves Come into a wide legged stance about wrist apart, or where it feels comfortable. Turn the right foot to the right so it's perpendicular to the left foot. Reach your right hand out towards the right lifting up the left foot. Hidge at the hip and use a block if needed to place the right hand down to the floor or on top of the block in front of the right foot. Lift the left leg and raise the left hand above so both your arms are perpendicular to the floor, and your left leg close to parallel to the mat, and 90° with your right leg. You can look down or take the gaze up. If you are still practicing balancing poses, you can rest up against the wall to support yourself in the pose as well. How to participate: ● Follow @yogipeach and myself @biggalyoga as well as our sponsors @samastah @rainbeaucurves @wearyourvoicemag @samudrakala ● Take a photo or video of yourself in the daily pose and tag #GlowYourHips (Make sure your profile in public so we can see all of you lovely yogis!) Everyone is welcome to join. You can use any variation or modification, and we will have details on how to get into each pose of the day! Bikini top by @Forever21 Leggings by @lineagewear
Day 19 Eka Pada Rajakapotasana / Mermaid Pose of the July Yoga Challenge #GlowYourHips with @yogipeach and @biggalyoga Sponsors: @samudrakala @samastah @wearyourvoicemag @rainbeaucurves Coming from a downward dog or tabletop pose. Bring the left knee to the left wrist and left ankle to the right front hip. Drop the hips down to the floor. If you need to prop yourself up use a block or bolster under the left hip to elevate. On the right side bend the knee and grab the foot. Walk the right forarm on the foot to hook the pit part of the elbow. Inhale and bring the left arm up to the sky, and drop it behind the head to grab onto the right hand. Hold for 5-10 breaths and come back out of the pose to switch sides. You can also use a strap to connect the hands together. How to participate: ● Follow @yogipeach and myself @biggalyoga as well as our sponsors @samastah @rainbeaucurves @wearyourvoicemag @samudrakala ● Take a photo or video of yourself in the daily pose and tag #GlowYourHips (Make sure your profile in public so we can see all of you lovely yogis!) Everyone is welcome to join. You can use any variation or modification, and we will have details on how to get into each pose of the day! Top by @seasenoritastudios ❤ Shorts by @abombapparel 🌼
Standing tall and rooting down with @rue.north this weekend at Squaw Valley @wanderlustfest 🌻 Vibing our @amirimage #tribalmarkings ✒ "When you see trees stand side by side no tree is exactly the same. But when you pull a tree out of the ground, it looks the same even upside down." - Terralisa McBride🌳 Photo credit @rue.north #SelfLovingYogis #yogalove #yogatherapy #biggalyoga #treeroots #upanddown #fractal9
Day 15 Baby Grasshopper Day 16 Utkata Konasana/ Goddess Pose for the #CrazyBigInversions July Yoga Challenge with @crazycurvy_yoga and @biggalyoga Sponsors : @fractal.9 @stardancerdesigns @lineagewear @haeskit How to participate: ● Follow hosts @crazycurvy_yoga and @biggalyoga and sponsors @stardancerdesigns @lineagewear @haeskit and @fractal.9 ! ● Check in with us for the daily pose. We will have detailed instructions to get into the pose! ● Post a photo or video of yourself in the daily pose! Make sure you tag #CrazyBigInversions in your post! (Make sure your profile is public) All levels welcomed, please take any variation or modification you are comfortable with! Shorts by @fractal.9 💜
Day 14 Svarga Dvidasana/Bird of Paradise for the #CrazyBigInversions July Yoga Challenge with @crazycurvy_yoga and @biggalyoga Sponsors : @fractal.9 @stardancerdesigns @lineagewear @haeskit Come into high lunge warrior pose with the left in front and the right in back. Using a strap or holding onto or using your hands drop the left shoulder and bring the left arm under the left thigh. Reach the right arm around the lower back to grab onto the strap or hold onto the hands into a Bound Warrior Pose. You can stay here or bring the right leg in close to the left leg. Root your right leg as you squeeze the bind on your left thigh. Find balance as your lift the left leg up knee first. Next flex the calf and foot straight. Hold for 3-5 breaths and come back down to switch sides.  How to participate: ● Follow hosts @crazycurvy_yoga and @biggalyoga and sponsors @stardancerdesigns @lineagewear @haeskit and @fractal.9 ! ● Check in with us for the daily pose. We will have detailed instructions to get into the pose! ● Post a photo or video of yourself in the daily pose! Make sure you tag #CrazyBigInversions in your post! (Make sure your profile is public) All levels welcomed, please take any variation or modification you are comfortable with! Bikini top by @Forever21 Shorts by @fractal.9 💜 Use the code FRACTAL9PLUS to receive 15% off your order!
Wow, this weekend in Squaw Valley @wanderlustfest was exhausting. Loved it so much, but I am physically exhausted. Had a fun time hanging out with friends, slacklining, yoga, music, dancing, and enjoying the beauty of Squaw Valley. Super cute to meet a follower, she was so adorable! Wish I could have kept up with challenges, but so much was going on that I couldn't keep up. Hopefully I will be fully caught up by Wednesday! Sorry about that! Will also make sure to have details of how to get into the poses for you guys! Also, sometime in the next couple weeks I'll be heading down to Southern California to go to Disneyland and hang out with family. If any of you in the So-Cal area want to hang out and do some yoga I'd love to see you beautiful people! 💛
Day 11 Hanumanasana / Monkey Pose for the #CrazyBigInversions July Yoga Challenge with @crazycurvy_yoga and @biggalyoga Sponsors : @fractal.9 @stardancerdesigns @lineagewear @haeskit How to participate: ● Follow hosts @crazycurvy_yoga and @biggalyoga and sponsors @stardancerdesigns @lineagewear @haeskit and @fractal.9 ! ● Check in with us for the daily pose. We will have detailed instructions to get into the pose! ● Post a photo or video of yourself in the daily pose! Make sure you tag #CrazyBigInversions in your post! (Make sure your profile is public) All levels welcomed, please take any variation or modification you are comfortable with! Capris by @fractal.9 💜 Use the code FRACTAL9PLUS to receive 15% off your order!
Day 7 Dhanurasana / Bow Pose for the #CrazyBigInversions July Yoga Challenge with @crazycurvy_yoga and @biggalyoga Sponsors : @fractal.9 @stardancerdesigns @lineagewear @haeskit Come onto the floor stomach and face towards the mat. Bring the arms to the sides of the torso. Bend the knees and bring the feet as close to the butt as you can. Grab the feet or ankles till you have a good grip. If grabbing both is a bit difficult grab onto one of your ankles for a half bow. Take a deep inhale as you lengthen the spine and lift up the chest and knees. If they don't lift up just stay there. Hold the pose for 5-10 seconds and release each foot to come back down to the floor.  How to participate: ● Follow hosts @crazycurvy_yoga and @biggalyoga and sponsors @stardancerdesigns @lineagewear @haeskit and @fractal.9 ! ● Check in with us for the daily pose. We will have detailed instructions to get into the pose! ● Post a photo or video of yourself in the daily pose! Make sure you tag #CrazyBigInversions in your post! (Make sure your profile is public) All levels welcomed, please take any variation or modification you are comfortable with! Shorts by @fractal.9 💜 Use the code FRACTAL9PLUS to receive 15% off your order!
Day 3 Bhujangasana/Cobra Pose for the #CrazyBigInversions July Yoga Challenge with @crazycurvy_yoga and @biggalyoga Sponsors : @fractal.9 @stardancerdesigns @lineagewear @haeskit Come onto the stomach with the legs stretched out and the tops of the feet on the mat. Bring the hands under your shoulders with fingers spread out, and elbows hugged into your body. Exhale and as you inhale push your chest up straightening out the arms to where it feels comfortable for you, and push the tops of the feet and pelvis into the floor. Hold for 5-10 seconds and slowly come back down to the mat.  How to participate: ● Follow hosts @crazycurvy_yoga and @biggalyoga and sponsors @stardancerdesigns @lineagewear @haeskit and @fractal.9 ! ● Check in with us for the daily pose. We will have detailed instructions to get into the pose! ● Post a photo or video of yourself in the daily pose! Make sure you tag #CrazyBigInversions in your post! (Make sure your profile is public) All levels welcomed, please take any variation or modification you are comfortable with! Leggings by @rainbeaucurves ❤
Dear self, you are enough and you are loved. Sometimes I have to stop to tell myself that over and over hoping it will stay for as long as it can. #summerlovig Photo Credit: @rue.north
Flying Fish Lake Tahoe acro yoga with @rue.north ! Excited to finally let one hand go! It's been so fun to practice acro yoga. It was one thing, especially as a bigger bodied person, that I was scared and doubtful that I would be able to try. I chatted with Ruel about how I used to be so scared of him picking me up in the past. He would always want to try and pick me up, but I was reluctant because I didn't want to hurt him accidentally. I don't plan to be able to do crazy acro yoga poses, but it's nice to feel like I'm light even in the basic pose. 🐦
I'm always like a newborn baby deer when I stand up paddle board. 😅 Nice cold Tahoe water sounds really nice right now. 🌞❤
Day 5 of the #SelfLovingYogis June yoga challenge with @biggalyoga and sponsored by @fractal.9 and @stardancerdesigns ❔What is a favorite part of your body? 🅰I really love my hair. I cut it over a year ago and I was happy to try out short hair. Compared to my super long 7 year mermaid hair. Glad that it's finally growing back, I miss my long braid. ---------------------------------------------------------------------------- 🌻There will be 2 options for the daily pose. OPTION 1 You can either do the daily backbend/heart opener pose that I am doing that day or OPTION 2 You can choose to do your own backbend/heart opener pose of the day. 🌻 How to participate: 1. Take a photo of yourself in option 1 or 2 of the daily yoga pose, and answer the daily question. 2. Tag #SelfLovingYogis so I can see all you lovely people. (Profile should be public so I can see.) 3. Tag myself @biggalyoga and the Sponsors @stardancerdesigns and @fractal.9 Shorts by @fractal.9 💜 Use the code FRACTAL9PLUS to receive 15% off your order! #yogachallenge #yogalove #yogatherapy #yogaforeverybody #yogaforeveryone #yogaateverysize #yogaatanysize #yogaforall #yoga #yogi #yogini #curvyyoga #curvyyogi #plussizeyoga #fatyoga #biggalyoga #yogapractice #heartopeners #backbends #selflove #bodylove #bodypositive #bodypositivity #namaste #motivated #motivation #lovethebodyyouarein
Mermaid Fusion 🌊 #mermaidyogis #desertmermaid
So excited that I got up this time feeling a lot more comfortable. One day I'll be a free flying bird. 🐦 @rue575 being a badass flying me! #effyourbodystandards #effyourbeautystandards
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