Yoga for People Who Are Overweight or Obese

Not a stick? Not a problem. These tips make yoga more comfortable for bigger bodies.

Yoga can help the 36 percent of U.S. adults who are obese.
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• Use props. If your instructor wants you to touch your hands to your toes for a hamstring stretch, don't respond with a sarcastic eye roll. A yoga strap can help you achieve this stretch and support you in other poses, too. And a yoga block can provide support as well, by helping you connect with the ground. Ask an instructor to demonstrate the best practices for using these props.

Be positive. Yoga isn't about competition, and it's not about perfection. Use the practice as an opportunity to connect with your mind and body. "Loving yourself is the only way to true health," says Lentz. "And it makes life so much easier."