Alors que la mode est au healthy, aux corps ultras sculptés et au yoga, NolaTrees la yogista, alias Dana Falsetti, nous prouve que yoga est bel et bien compatible avec rondeurs.
Dana Falsetti a 22 ans et a longtemps souffert d’anxiété et d’hyperphagie. En état d’obésité, elle a perdu 15 kg en pensant qu’elle se sentirait mieux dans son corps. Malheureusement, son corps s’affinait mais son mal-être ne disparaissait pas en même temps que ses kilos.
Elle a alors décidé d’essayer le yoga, juste pour voir, au cas où ça fonctionnait. Ce fut une révélation pour Dana qui a alors découvert la confiance en elle et a commencé à s’aimer, après des années de haine envers elle-même. Elle est aujourd’hui professeur, parcourt le monde pour donner des cours et fait même des vidéos sur Youtube.
« Donne toi une chance, fais toi le cadeau de connaître ta valeur et ça changera ta vie. » lit-on sur son blog.
La yogista prouve à chacune d’entre nous que la confiance réside dans un état d’esprit sain et que rondeurs n’est pas incompatible avec souplesse.
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Each time I practice, especially when I practice strong (like Ashtanga today with @samseesworld) I am reminded of why I do this. When I'm halfway through primary series and I'm sure there is no way I can do one more jump back or chaturanga even with my knees down, I am reminded. Because I always get to savasana one way or another, without fail. It doesn't kill me, I'm still breathing, and I'm better for it. There have been and always will be times when I'll feel like I can't take anymore, and I'll have every excuse to justify giving up. But I've learned that if you can face a challenge in one area of your life, you can do it always. Last call to sign up for this weekend's Philly workshops at @diamondhotyoga. Fundamentals tomorrow and Inversions on Sunday. Can't wait 🙂 Link in my bio to sign up. Only a couple spots left. Photo by @matthiaskhan.
My practice has changed so much in the last 2 years. When I started I had no strength but I was dumpy bendy. I fed my ego by focusing on my natural flexibility and it motivated me with immediate rewards. Rewards, but no lessons on the way. I soon realized I needed more of what didn't come easily, and that was strength. It was and is the journey that taught me patience and the value of working hard for something worthy of my dedication, like myself. Then I started traveling and teaching, doing so much so fast. And honestly, my practice suffered, and has been for a while. A new love and inspiration in my life has sparked something in me, a reminder of how many amazing things are waiting for us when we're ready to receive them. So I'm recommitting myself to my practice (yes yoga teachers need to do this sometimes too) and I'm grateful to approach it with a new perspective. I'm not interested in chasing an ankle grab like I once could or forcing my body to do anything. Just because I can doesn't mean I should. I'm not here to impress, only to lead my example. Right now that means honoring my body in every moment, something I feel I'm better at now than I ever have been. It means only going as far as I can breathe calmly, only to a place where I can exit the pose as gracefully and with as much integrity as I entered it. That's how I want to practice, and how I want to live everyday.
The yoga world as I know it exhausts me so much sometimes. There is so much judgement, and I'm not claiming to be above it. We all do it. Every yoga teacher I know has so much to say about how other teachers teach, how other people practice, or what somebody said to call somebody else out on some social media account. Everyday it seems I'm in a conversation about what's wrong with yoga. To me, this all comes from some combination of thinking we know everything, and being so highly connected and aware of others. I hear some teachers, myself included, stress the importance of technique and question those who don't feel the same. Then I see others who hate on teachers for teaching asana in such an alignment or anatomy focused way. I hear some who harp on the lack of awareness surrounding the other 7 limbs or respect to any cultural history or lineage. I've heard why one style of yoga is the best and the worst. I am not above this shit, I'm not. I have my opinions and they're mostly based on what works for me. But pause, because that's the entire point. Honestly I don't even feel that I am teaching, or have anything to teach. I am sharing knowledge, sharing what is of importance to me. It will resonate with some and not with others, and that is ok. I think we have such an obsession with being right and having people agree with us that it becomes everything. I know I am not the ideal yoga teacher for every human on the planet. I 'teach' a technique and alignment based, strong asana practice – because that's what resonated for me. That's how I learned what I know now on my yoga mat and beyond. Who am I to teach what I don't know? Who am I to hear another teacher say oh no, this is how it needs to be done, and then throw what I know out the window? No. I am a free thinker and we should all be. You do what works for you, and you leave the rest. It's ok to agree to disagree. In the end, I think we're all working towards the same thing anyway – to be our highest selves. If somebody is bringing light into somebody else's life through yoga, even if it doesn't look like what I think I know, I think it's great. Respect is far more relevant than judgement.
Just because you think you can't do it doesn't mean it's true. I see this every time I teach. People come in quick to know that they are unable to do whatever it is, only to realize they just needed somebody to believe in them, somebody to stand behind them and catch them when they fall. Eventually we learn how to be that for ourselves. All the physical strength in the world won't matter if you don't believe in the strength that lives within. Such awesome workshops in Denver this weekend – big thanks to all of our students! I'll be back @theyogamat_ in August. 💓
If you can see the beauty here, you can see it in yourself, too. We have been in a crisis of body shame for too damn long. I'm grateful to have been a part of the self-love revolution that's been happening over the last year or so. It's changed many lives including mine. And that's why I put myself out there in this way – because I truly believe it's important. Beauty standards are not real. Somebody made all that shit up and told us to believe it. I did for a long time, but now that I know the truth, I'm free. Free to just be content with myself, free from what other people think of me, free to see myself as beautiful in the same way I see others. You can too. Especially if you can see it here. Go look in the mirror and see it for yourself. photo by @matthiaskhan