I’m a Size 18 Yogi, and Lululemon Can Kiss My Fat Ass

Following is a brilliant piece written by Laura Beck which appeared 8/1/2013 on http://www.Jezebel.com. I have re-printed it word for word because I think it’s absolutely awesome and I couldn’t do it any better. 

I’m a Size 18 Yogi, and Lululemon Can Kiss My Fat Ass

Lululemon, like many major retailers before them, likes to pretend that a size 4 is the size of the average woman in the United States. Despite much evidence to the contrary, they cater their overpriced wares to an America that doesn’t exist, and have no desire to change their dumb-ass ways. Therefore, I meant what I said about them kissing my fat ass — go ahead, Lululemon, I’m waiting for you in Downward Dog.

According to former employees, Lululemon carries a few “larger” sizes — a chubbotron 10 and obesity monster 12 — but they just don’t have that many of them, and what they do have is crumpled and hidden in the back of the store.

“All the other merchandise in the store was kind of sacred, but these were thrown in a heap,” former employee Elizabeth Licorish told The Huffington Post. “It was definitely discriminatory to those who wear larger sizes.”

Lululemon hasn’t spoken recently about their feelings on the issue, but in 2005, founder and former chief executive officer Chip Wilson said that it takes 30 percent more fabric to create plus-size clothes, and he doesn’t want to charge more for plus-sized pants because “plus-size people are sensitive” and the company would experience fallout from the community.

“It’s a money loser, for sure,” he said. “I understand their plight, but it’s tough.”

So many questions here: Is it a money loser for sure? 30 percent more fabric than what size? Are they sure fatties would riot if they had to pay more for their potentially see-through pants? It’s not like anyone goes into Lululemon expecting to walk out with a reasonably priced item of clothing.

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They claim their next CEO needs to have Oprah Winfrey on speed dial — uh, she can’t fit into your clothes, but maybe when you speed dial her up, she can yell some common sense at you. But, here, let me try before you bother O.

As we already know, many clothing stores offer zilch for the average-sized American woman, and it’s hard to see how that’s good business. As Dodai pointed out, ModCloth conducted a survey — polling over 5,000 women — and found that there were more “wearing a size 16 dress than those who wear a size 2 and size 0 combined.” I’m sorry, but that makes Lululemon and their ilk of size-discriminating companies not just judgmental pricks, but big fucking dummies when it comes to money.

And as I understand it from a source at a major clothing brand that offers plus-sized options, they have no problem passing the price on to the customer. Women desperately want to shop in store, and when given the option of trying things on in person — they’ll shell out the extra moola.

Still, it doesn’t fucking matter. Because Lululemon doesn’t want me to wear their real house pants of Beverly Hills, and I don’t want to wear them either. Maybe it’s a little like calling the girl who rejected you ugly, but seriously: Eat a bag of dicks dipped in a bag of dicks with a side of fuck you very much.

You’ll now never know if I might’ve worn your pants if you made your store accessible to women of every size. You miss out on the big bucks from big ladies looking to get into yoga in hopes of getting fit. You’ll also miss out on the big bucks of the big ladies who are already fit who want to see if the hype surrounding your precious pants is legit. It’s just a whole lot of closing yourself out of the conversation, just because your worldview is narrow and tired — oh, and it’s not working out for you financially, either. So sad, too bad.

It’s just another way in which the world gives fat people mixed messages — lose weight, fatty — but, uh, do it in an xxl Hefty bag in the corner of a dark room SO THAT THE SUN SHALL NEVER KNOW YOUR HIDEOUS FAT FOLDS. If exercising is the mythical path to skinniness, doesn’t it make sense to give fat people workout clothes that fit so we can be less fat? Yes, I think you can all see what I’m getting at here (or at least Lululemon’s new CEO should be able to — he/she must be a magical yogi unicorn who poops goji berries and pisses coconut water, after all): I blame you for obesity, Lululemon.

So, fuck you, Lululemon. Fuck you and your see-through pants, your Ayn Rand, and your child labor. Plus-sized customers are expected to spend about $332 million on athletic wear this years — and that’s at specifically plus-sized stores alone! — and you won’t get one fucking penny of that — or of the $14 billion plus-size apparel industry. Big mistake. Big. Huge.

In dramatic conclusion: I hope your business continues to die in a ditch, and then I hope you’re run over by a tractor driven by a pair of $34.94 size 26 Old Navy Women’s Plus Active by Old Navy Compression Yoga Pants.

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Inexpensive Plus Size Yoga and Fitness Clothes

People often ask me where I buy my yoga/fitness clothes. The answer is Old Navy. Although general clothing quality is hit or miss, the active clothes are well made. I’ve been wearing several pair of yoga pants for over a year and they still look new!

There is a huge selection online, however rarely, if ever are there any plus size active clothes left in the store. They must be super popular. I would strongly suggest ordering online. Free shipping for orders of $50+ and you can return to any Old Navy location.

XL is approximately a 14/16, XXL is 18/20. Some clothes are generously cut and all are stretchy. XXL would most likely fit size 22/24 in tanks and yoga pants. (really depends on the item) I’m a size 18/20 and sometimes have to size down to XL.

If you’re reading this post on July 1st, 2013, Canada Day, there is a 30% off sale today only. They often have sales, but even the regular prices are totally reasonable. With 30% off, it’s a steal! I just stocked up and am good for the next year!

http://www.oldnavy.ca
http://www.oldnavy.com

Happy Canada Day!
Suzanne

Pose of The Week: Legs Up The Wall

www.yogazoneplus.com  509 Bloor St. W., Toronto  info@yogazoneplus.com

Hello Yogis,

It’s been a while since I’ve blogged! I really didn’t think that anyone was reading my posts but I see there are 168 people subscribed so I promise I will do better.

Starting this week I will be posting a weekly yoga pose, tip or article I think would be of value to you. I hope you enjoy them. Please feel free to contact me with any questions or comments at info@yogazoneplus.com.

Namaste,
Suzanne

POSE OF THE WEEK:  LEGS UP THE WALL

Benefits

This restorative pose is a stress-reliever which helps open the chest, slowing the heart, breath and brain waves, bringing relaxation.

•Relieves tired or cramped legs and feet
•Gently stretches the back legs, front torso, and the back of the neck
•Relieves mild backache
•Calms the mind

Here’s how to do it:

1. Place a folded blanket about 5 inches away from the wall (further if you have tight hamstrings). Sit sideways on the blanket with your knees bent and the side of your body against the wall.

2. As you exhale, shift and swing your legs up against the wall, lowering your shoulders to the bed or floor. The back of your pelvis should be supported on the blanket and your shoulders now on the bed/floor. Bring your arms to rest at your side, palms up and a little below shoulder level. This will give you an open chest to allow for free deep breathing.

3. Roll your head from side to side two or three times to release tension in the neck and shoulders. Relax your legs, face and jaw.

4. Close your eyes, allowing the muscles around your eyes to release. Breathe and let go for 5 to 15 minutes.

5. To get out of the position, slide back off of the blanket and roll onto your right side. Stay here for a few breaths before slowing sitting up.

5 Surprising Benefits of Yoga

YogaZonePLUS offers yoga and zumba classes created specifically for plus size people. Please check out our websites at http://www.yogazoneplus.com and http://www.zumbazoneplus.com

5 Surprising Benefits of Yoga
(reprinted from http://blogs.yogajournal.com)

When I decided to take my first yoga class, I knew it would help me to stretch and reduce stress. I even knew that there were a slew of supposed health benefits, too. (Of course, it’s hard to believe that all of these things can be true until you experience it yourself.)

But after just a few months of practicing, I noticed benefits I never even realized were a possibility from doing a few guided stretches and breathing exercises on a piece of PVC.

Here are the 5 benefits of yoga I found most surprising:

1. Compassion. Who would have thought that a physical practice could help me feel compassion and understanding for myself and those around me? Yoga philosophy tells us that we’re all one, but it’s the experience of many bodies moving and breathing simultaneously that I think really created that understanding for me. I realized that we’re all just doing the best we can in life. There’s something very liberating about that mind-set that can melt away ill-will, competition, and petty disagreements like nothing else.

2. Mindful eating. I am not a health-food yogi. In fact, at one point in my life, my daily diet consisted of little more than chicken fingers, French fries, and soda. But after a just a few months of yoga, I found myself craving leafy greens. Yoga changed the way I ate because I started to pay more attention to how the food I took into my body affected me. I still eat my share of junk food (I do love a good cupcake!), but thanks to my yoga practice, it’s an occasional treat instead of a daily habit.

3. Strength! I was shocked when I realized how much strength it took to get through a yoga class. I was even more surprised by how quickly how strength-building poses that were once incredibly difficult for me got a little easier. I wasn’t just getting more flexible–I was becoming stronger, too!

4. Confidence. It’s one thing for someone to tell you that you can do anything you set your mind to. It’s another thing to actually experience it for yourself. It takes a lot of time and determination to stand on your head, hold the weight of your body on your hands, or even just to consistently unroll your mat to practice. But once you’ve experienced it, you really start to believe you can do anything! You also start to see a beauty in yourself that you never knew was there. For me, this translated into a boost of confidence that I really needed.

5. Better relationships. What do you get when you mix a little heightened awareness, a dash of compassion, a pinch of self-confidence, and a smidge of positivity? The ability to relate to people in a more meaningful way. And that means you get a stronger network of friends, confidants, and supporters. Of all the benefits I’ve reaped from my yoga practice, perhaps this is the most valuable of all.

What benefits have you noticed from the practice that would have surprised you when you first started out?

Erica Rodefer is a writer and yoga enthusiast in
Charleston, SC. Visit her blog, Spoiledyogi.com,

Check Out This Awesome Review of YogaZonePLUS! (lots of pics!)

YogaZonePLUS offers Yoga Classes for Bigger Bodies in Toronto

Review written by Karen Ward – http://curvycanadian.blogspot.ca/
Curvy Canadian – A Blog About Canadian Plus Size Clothing and Fashion
A short while ago, I was invited, by owner/creator Suzanne Gracan, to attend a complimentary yoga class at YogaZonePLUS, a yoga class designed specifically for those with bigger bodies. It was a fantastic experience.
The studio was bright, open, and clean. It was a lovely night out, and so the windows were open and a lovely breeze came into the studio. Suzanne lit candles and placed them at each of the windows and dimmed the lights so that the atmosphere was very relaxing. All the equipment was laid out for us before we entered the studio, and the uses of each piece was explained to us in case we were unfamiliar with it.
It was very comforting to be in a body positive space while practising yoga. Often times, I have been to yoga studios and I feel as though some of the slimmer students are looking at me (even though they’re probably not) and just knowing that I am in a non-judgemental space helps me to focus on my practice instead of what other people might or might-not be thinking about me and my body.
Both Suzanne and Mary (the instructor) were very welcoming and made me feel totally at ease. They both demonstrated each of the asanas (yoga poses) so that you could see what the posture should look like from the front and the side.
We started the class with shavasana, a pose where the student lies on their back with their eyes closed and meditates on their upcoming practice.

Mary came along and gave us each a couple of drops of peppermint essential oil to help invigorate us and our practices. It was lovely!
Then we began some of the more active poses.

Owner/Creator – Suzanne Gracan (left), Instructor – Mary (right)
Mary giving me some gentle posture correction
Warrior Pose

And for our final shavasana, Mary came around, gave us some lavender essential oil to ease us in to a very relaxed state, put a bolster underneath our knees to ensure our backs were making perfect contact with the floor, and tucked us in under a blanket to make sure we were nice and warm. I could have fallen asleep right there! It was like mixing a yoga class with a spa session. I can’t remember the last time I was so relaxed!

All in all it was a really great yoga session, and I think that uniting plus size women for exercise in a body positive space is a wonderful idea. If you are interested in taking yoga or other fitness classes with Suzanne, check out her page here. Many thanks to Suzanne and Mary for a wonderful class!

Health Benefits of Yoga

I came across this phenomenal piece at http://www.caeyc.org. (California Association of Education of Young Children) It lists the physiological, biochemical and psychological benefits of yoga based on regular practice. This is truly incredible information and explains why I’ve been feeling fantastic lately. I’ve been practicing for one hour at least 3 times a week. Even once a week will provide many of the health benefits below. To view the article online visit: http://caeyc.org/main/caeyc/proposals-2011/pdfs/KellyPinzak.pdf

Health Benefits of Yoga

This information is grouped into three categories—physiological benefits, psychological benefits, biochemical effects—and is based on the regular practice
of traditional âsana, prânâyâma, and meditation. Please note that while pulse rate, etc., may increase during the practice of various âsanas, some forms of
prânâyâma, and some stages of meditation, but overall benefits to general health are as listed below. For information on the physiological changes that occur
during the practice of specific âsanas, etc., please see James Funderburk’s Science Studies Yoga and other resources cited at the end of this article.

Physiological Benefits

􀂃 Stable autonomic nervous system equilibrium, with a tendency toward parasympathetic nervous system dominance rather than the usual stressinduced
sympathetic nervous system dominance

􀂃 Pulse rate decreases

􀂃 Respiratory rate decreases

􀂃 Blood pressure decreases (of special significance for hyporeactors)

􀂃 Galvanic Skin Response (GSR) increases

􀂃 EEG – alpha waves increase (theta, delta, and beta waves also increase during various stages of meditation)

􀂃 EMG activity decreases

􀂃 Cardiovascular efficiency increases

􀂃 Respiratory efficiency increases (respiratory amplitude and smoothness increase, tidal volume increases, vital capacity increases, breath-holding time increases)

􀂃 Gastrointestinal function normalizes

􀂃 Endocrine function normalizes

􀂃 Excretory functions improve

􀂃 Musculoskeletal flexibility and joint range of motion increase

􀂃 Posture improves

􀂃 Strength and resiliency increase

􀂃 Endurance increases

􀂃 Energy level increases

􀂃 Weight normalizes

􀂃 Sleep improves

􀂃 Immunity increases

􀂃 Pain decreases

Psychological Benefits

􀂃 Somatic and kinesthetic awareness increase

􀂃 Mood improves and subjective well-being increases

􀂃 Self-acceptance and self-actualization increase

􀂃 Social adjustment increases

􀂃 Anxiety and depression decrease

􀂃 Hostility decreases

􀂃 Psychomotor functions improve:

       o Grip strength increases

       o Dexterity and fine skills improve

       o Eye-hand coordination improves

       o Choice reaction time improves

       o Steadiness improves

       o Depth perception improves

       o Balance improves

       o Integrated functioning of body parts improves

􀂃 Cognitive function improves:

       o Attention improves

       o Concentration improves

       o Memory improves

       o Learning efficiency improves

       o Symbol coding improves

       o Depth perception improves

       o Flicker fusion frequency improves

Biochemical Effects

The biochemical profile improves, indicating an antistress and antioxidant effect, important in the prevention of degenerative diseases.

􀂃 Glucose decreases

􀂃 Sodium decreases

􀂃 Total cholesterol decreases

􀂃 Triglycerides decrease

􀂃 HDL cholesterol increases

􀂃 LDL cholesterol decreases

􀂃 VLDL cholesterol decreases

􀂃 Cholinesterase increases

􀂃 Catecholamines decrease

􀂃 ATPase increases

􀂃 Hematocrit increases

􀂃 Hemoglobin increases

􀂃 Lymphocyte count increases

􀂃 Total white blood cell count decreases

􀂃 Thyroxin increases

􀂃 Vitamin C increases

􀂃 Total serum protein increases

􀂃 Oxytocin increases

􀂃 Prolactin increases

􀂃 Oxygen levels in the brain increase

I LOVE YOGA!

http://www.yogazoneplus.com – 509 Bloor Street West, Toronto ON (steps from either Spadina or Bathurst subway stations)

Today we had 2 yoga classes and both went so well and the feedback was so great that it’s really reinforced I’m doing the right thing. Not a moment too soon because I quit my full time job earlier this week, my last day is April 27th. I want to be able to put everything I have into YogaZonePLUS and make it a success, not just for myself, but for all the wonderful plus size people who will benefit. I’ve truly met some great women already. YogaZonePLUS is not just a yoga class, it’s a healthy community for plus size people.

Yoga has given me my health back, improved my confidence, made me a much more calm and centred person and it’s soon to be my sole source of employment. I’ve never been happier. I’m so excited for the future!

I. Am. Blessed.

Come and check out a class! http://www.yogazoneplus.com

Weight Loss With Yoga

Weight Loss with Yoga

Yoga is a great way to lose and keep off weight. Through regular practice, it can positively alter your consciousness in a way that it benefits your mind and body. Through regular and sustained yoga practice you can elongate your muscles, lose weight and
learn to be more present, thus helping with anxiety, depression, eating disorders and a slew of other conditions.                                

Yoga has long been thought of as a great way to increase flexibility and relieve stress. Many people have seen the wonderful benefits yoga has in weight loss in recent years. Specific positions or asanas can target areas such as the abdomen, waist, and thighs. Those asanas that target the abdomen are the abdominal lift, the child pose, and the cobra pose. On the other hand, the downward and upward-facing dog poses, the hero pose, and the angle pose help tone the hips and thighs.

Any physical activity burns calories. Even as you sit and read this, you are already burning calories. When performing yoga, you can burn hundreds of calories per hour depending on the type of class. Though it generally burns fewer calories than more strenuous exercises, it works all the muscles in the body and tones them more evenly. Often seen as a low-impact form of exercise at the beginner level, yoga can be performed by almost anyone!

A healthy, balanced meal plan (with the appropriate level of calories for your body and goals) and a sustained program of yoga can help with long-term weight loss. Specific asanas can help increase your metabolism. The Salutation to the Sun, Pose of the Moon, Cobra pose, Bow Stretch, and Spinal twist all work to increase your metabolic rate and stimulate the endocrine system.

The best types of yoga for weight loss are considered to be the most physical. Ashtanga Yoga, Bikram Yoga, and Power Yoga are considered to be the most physical types. If you’ve never done yoga before, it is not advisable to start with the most physical types. Instead, try other types which are fit for beginners. You can try the most common form which is Hatha Yoga.  Once you become comfortable with this style, you may already start to notice changes in your body.

Most people also find that meditation and breathing exercises they learn during yoga help them to increase their will power. Instead of giving in to their cravings, they perform a breathing exercise or maybe even meditate.  Yoga generally makes you more clear headed, calm and happier…it promotes the well being necessary to quiet food cravings. To fight off cravings, increase your will power by trying this simple exercise. First, clear your mind. Breath deeply then repeat to yourself: “I will be healthier. I will be happier. I will live well” Positive reinforcement will surely help you lose weight with yoga.

If you are plus size and would like to try a class for bigger bodies, visit www.yogazoneplus.com.  We offer classes specifically created for plus size people.

Our First Plus Size Yoga Class Was Awesome!

It was a big day yesterday, our first class ever at YogaZonePLUS. It couldn’t have gone better and everyone was really happy with the class and said they’d be back. We went for a drink afterwards and got some great feedback from the students. The next class will be even better!

There is only 1 spot left for the Saturday, March 24 1:15pm – 2:15pm class and 3 spots left for the Wednesday, March 28 6-7pm class. Click here to join: http://www.yogazoneplus.com/Contact-Us.html Classes in March are only $10.00…come try it out, it’s fun and you’ll meet some great people which stretching your whole body.