Teaching Yoga for Round Bodies


  1. Adho Mukha Shvasana
  2. Ardha Matsyendrasana
  3. Balasana
  4. Bhujangasana
  5. Chandrasana
  6. Dandasana
  7. Dhanurasana
  8. Garudasana
  9. Janushirasana
  10. Jathara Parivartanasana
  11. Matsyasana
  12. Padahastasana
  13. Parvatasana
  14. Paschimotanasana
  15. Salabhasana
  16. Sarvangasana
  17. Sasamgasana
  18. Savasana
  19. Setu Banghasana
  20. Siddhasana
  21. Standing Backward Bend
  22. Surya Namaskar (Sun Salutation)
  23. Tadasana
  24. Trikonasana
  25. Ustrasana
  26. Utkatasana
  27. Vajrasana
  28. Viparita Karani
  29. Virabhadrasana
  30. Vrikasana

Ardha Matsyendrasana
The Half-Spinal Twist

Half-Spinal Twist is a nightmare for fat people! It’s usually the knee that’s pulled up to the chest that’s the problem. The fat student usually can’t even find out how supple they are in this asana, because the belly gets in the way.

Difficulty breathing, and a tendency to lean back (to unconsciously accommodate the belly) are the usual result. I seldom teach this asana in my class, substituting supine twists. However, I do sometimes use it to teach alignment. (It’s a good one for demonstrating keeping the head aligned with the torso.)

I usually recommend that the fat student raise the knee to a comfortable level only, and that s/he not cross the raised leg over the other knee. This, of course, lessens the stretch in the lower back and buttocks. On the other hand, it permits the fat student to breathe. I know which one I’d go with.

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All authors are graduates of Ananda Yoga Teacher Training.

Ananda Yoga Registered Yoga School for 200 and 300 hours

About the Author

Kay Erdwinn, M.D., teaches “Yoga for Round Bodies” in Placerville, California.


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