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

The Cobra Pose

This asana is usually not harder for fat people than for anyone else. However, there are a couple of items to keep in mind.

One, usually the hardest part of the asana is lying prone with the head on the ground. It’s hard for a fat person to breathe that way, since some abdominal and chest fat is compressed upward. Once one enters the asana, it stops being a problem. Two, it is very difficult for a fat person to keep the legs together.

The normal difficulty with this is exacerbated by the need to tighten the buttocks and press the pubis and thighs into the floor. This “squishes” the thighs, and once again, the fat has to go somewhere, and it ends up on the sides.

I haven’t found that spreading the legs slightly creates any problem as long as the buttocks are tight and the pubis is pressed to the floor to protect the lower back. However, one may use a strap to help keep the knees from separating too far, if necessary.

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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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