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 Eagle Pose (also The Twisted Pose)

Because of extra flesh in the upper arms and thighs, it’s hard for a fat person to wrap one limb around the other.

If the student has good balance and is otherwise fairly flexible, I have him/her place the foot of the raised leg on the lateral part of the knee, rather than the back of the calf. This allows more room for the thighs, although admittedly it sacrifices some of the twist. It does provide the same ankle strengthening and balance practice that the full posture does, though.

For the arms, I simply allow whatever approximation the student can perform while stressing that the forearms and hands should be (close to) vertical even if the full wrap-around is not possible. This prevents the upper body from losing proper alignment.

You will likely need to use a strap to “unite” the arms; that will also help with balance. Remind those who use straps to keep a loose grip with the hands.

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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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