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 Posterior-Stretching Pose

This asana presents the same difficulties for the fat person as Padahastasana. I usually teach it using a strap around the feet and held in both hands like reins, including with the same slight looseness one would use with a horse.

Then I instruct the student to move the chest forward, keeping the back straight and the chest open. I don’t even encourage them to bend forward, because in the fat person with a belly, this inevitably rounds the back. In addition, the more the fat student bends over, even with a straight back, the less efficiently s/he will be able to breathe.

For the surrender phase, I have my students bow the head slightly, make sure there is no tension in the arms or shoulders, and breathe deeply. As with Padahastasana, the fat student may “bob” slightly, but as long as it’s gentle and with the breath, this is okay. One last comment with this asana is that, again as with Padahastasana, I practice the wide-legged version after.

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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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