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Yoga For All Shapes and Sizes 
FitZonePLUS Aims to Make Everyone Comfortable at Its Studio  
by:  Liis Windischmann

Have you ever gone to a gym or fitness studio and felt so intimidated you wanted to leave? FitZone PLUS owner Suzanne Gracan can relate. She was active and involved in sports until an accident in 2001 left her barely able to walk for two years. After gaining over 120 pounds, a mixture of yoga and acupuncture helped her get back in action. But her experiences in yoga studios were not ideal. At her size, she wasn’t able to do all the poses and instead of being shown modifications to boost her confidence and master them in a way that worked for her body, she was told “just do your best.” She wanted to channel the shame and embarrassment she felt into something positive creating a small plus-size yoga class in 2002. She eventually opened FitZone PLUS in 2011 with just two classes — but those two classes sold out from day one! In two short years, demand for classes has grown so much that the company needed to move to a larger location.

As of this week, FitZone PLUS has a new, much larger home in Toronto’s Danforth area, a short walk from Chester subway station. The extra space will allow for even more classes — and not all just yoga. While FitZone PLUS specializes in beginner, plus-size and senior demographics, everyone is welcome to its many yoga, zumba, and personal training classes. Plans are now underway to introduce a kids’ program as well as classes for parents and their children. Other new classes will continue to be added as the company grows into its new space so be sure to visit the site often for updates!

If you are looking for some really fun events to stimulate you mind, body and soul, there are also some great workshops being offered. You can release your inner vixen with Burlesque 101 happening Saturday, October 26th or perhaps learn some tai chi. How about a little Sunday Zen Getaway on November 3rd with four workshops, mini massages and lunch? There are lots of options with new events being regularly added to the fun lineup and if you are interested in a future retreat, contact the studio to request info. No need to feel intimidated at this studio — no matter what shape your shape is in, all the caring instructors are trained to make your experience a positive one!

 

 

               

 

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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