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 Seated Mountain Pose

Most fat people find it difficlut to draw the legs into a close cross-legged position, although many can do a loose version.

Almost all fat people will need cushions under the knees, and it is unlikely that any will attempt anything more than Sukhasana (the simple cross-legged position) unless they’ve been practicing for a long time. In time the hip joints will open, but fat in the thighs and calves prevent close folding of the legs.

Also, the habitual contracture of fat students’ external hip rotators means that all cross-legged sitting postures will be more challenging for them, on average. You may also notice fat students surreptitiously “adjusting” their belly out of the way of their legs.

When I demonstrate, I call attention to the fact that I need to do this, but it’s probably better for the average-sized teacher to reassure the fat student individually that this is an important thing to do. The only other caveat in this asana is that fat arms weigh more, and therefore the fat person is working harder than the thinner one.

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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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