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 Triangle Pose

Trikonasana (Triangle Pose)

I don’t think this asana should be done any differently by fat people. Fat students need to pay special attention to not collapsing the underside of the rib cage because just the bending alone will restrict breathing somewhat.

Also, since the torso of the fat person weighs more, s/he may be tempted to rest a lot of weight on the hand touching the forward leg. This is a no-no for everyone, but especially if s/he has problem knees, it’s easy to make things worse by doing this. Also, if the fat student’s weight is primarily in the tummy, you should watch for swayback.

[Note from Gyandev McCord : Some Ananda Yoga Teacher Training students have heard me speak of a very heavy — okay, fat (whew, that was hard to say!) — student whose video workshop asana was Trikonasana. You also saw me demonstrate the way she did it — rather narrow stance, very little sideways bend — and say “But her spine was straight, her pelvis, torso, and shoulders were opening, her breath was full and even, and she was vibrant, joyful. There was no doubt: it was a real Trikonasana!”]

[Well, that student was Kay. In the picture above, you can see how nicely her pose has evolved. Can’t you almost feel the energy and joy flooding Kay’s body cells?]

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All authors are graduates of Ananda Yoga Teacher Training.

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About the Author

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


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