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On Joyful Movement and Liberation

Our world is alienating. Capitalism, White Supremacy, Cis-Hetero-Patriarchy, Ableism, and Anti-Fatness actively repress our humanity. As a result, many of us accept that we are unworthy of dignity. Worse yet, we allow other people to suffer because we don’t recognize them as humans either. I spent most of my fat-queer life thinking that I was unworthy of love, acceptance, or kindness. I believed that I needed to shrink myself before I could be worthy. I lived disembodied, for a future thinner self. One day I could be happy, but not until I took up less space.

For most of my life, movement/exercise was punishment for having eaten “too much” being “lazy” and allowing myself to get “fat”. I accepted and even paid for shame, humiliation, and abuse from family, friends, gym teachers, doctors, and personal trainers. Practicing yoga brought me back into my body and allowed me to find joy and freedom through movement. It wasn’t always easy. In the beginning, my inner critic screamed with rage, “you don’t belong here! This should be easy! Maybe if you didn’t let yourself get so fat you could do this!”. With time, I learned to use asana as a tool to quiet the mind. Most days, I can easily redirect my attention to physical sensations, rather than listening to the echoes of past trauma.

I created Fat Kid Yoga Club for folks in larger bodies to explore joyful movement and celebrate what is possible in their bodies one practice at a time. Fat Kid Yoga Club is a truly judgment-free zone where folks like me, who were always picked last or have experienced a lifetime of body shame get to reconnect with their bodies and have fun at the same time. Many of the people who practice with me new to yoga or are returning to the practice after a long break. I encourage them to prioritize self-care, to truly make the practice their own, and not to hold themselves to other people’s expectations. In Fat Kid Yoga Club, we show up fully and take up space because we are worthy.

As instructors, we cannot give anyone yoga – it’s something each person has to find on their own. I can lead people through postures, pranayama, and meditation. However, these practices are simply tools through which we can reconnect with our humanity. In other words, the postures are not the point. When I encourage my clients to adapt postures, it’s not just for them to experience the same benefits of the posture. Rather, I also want them to see that there is more than one way to experience life and that it’s okay to go your own way. At the end of the day, our value as human beings is not tied to our ability to do a handstand. Each of us is worthy of dignity, love, acceptance, and respect simply for being alive.

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What you watching? Yoga, Self-Love, and Fat Liberation Edition

Hey friends! Earlier this week, Kelly-Ann Maddox interviewed me for her Self-Love September series on YouTube. I had so fun talking to Kelly-Ann about yoga, self-love, and fat liberation, I figured that y’all might also have some great resources. 

So, It’s time for another community share, what videos/documentaries have you watched about any of these topics that have really resonated with you? Leave a comment below and share the love with our community!

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Introducing Fat Kid Yoga Club Unlimited

I did not intend to become an online yoga studio this year, but the COVID-19 Pandemic created an opportunity I had never considered. Historically, Fat Kid Yoga Club was in a weekly, in-person yoga class offered in New Orleans. I created the Patreon community for folks who wanted to practice with me but couldn’t do so in-person. 

Since May, there have been two ways to practice with me: pre-recorded practices on Patreon or live via Zoom. Patreon members paid a monthly fee for on-demand access to pre-recorded practices. To practice with me live, you needed to purchase passes for individual classes. Recently, someone asked if it was possible to pay a monthly fee for unlimited live classes – something which I never considered. Thanks to their inquiry, I’m excited to offer Fat Kid Yoga Club Unlimited!

Beginning today, Fat Kid Yoga Club Unlimited Members received BOTH on-demand access to pre-recorded practices AND unlimited live practices with me each month, all for ONE fee! Typically, I will offer 10 live practices per month, the full schedule is available here.

To join, visit the Patreon community and select one of three Unlimited Tiers (Equity $35, Standard $70, Supporter $108). If you’re already a member, you’ll need to edit your membership level

Please note that Unlimited Membership is valid for the calendar month. For example, September 1 through September 30 and will not be prorated. You will be charged the full amount when you sign up and Patreon will automatically renew your subscription on the 1st of every month unless you change your membership level.

If you sign up today (9/7), you will be able to join the remaining September practices:

  • Hatha – Saturday 9/12 @ 10 AM CDT
  • Hatha – Sunday 9/12 @ 12 PM CDT
  • Restorative – Thursday 9/17 @ 6:30 PM CDT
  • Hatha – Saturday 9/19 @ 10 AM CDT
  • Hatha – Sunday 9/20 @ 12 PM CDT
  • Hatha – Saturday 9/26 @ 10 AM CDT
  • Hatha – Sunday 9/27 @ 12 PM CDT

Please let me know if you have any questions!

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Book Club and Community Chat this Week!

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Puja released a new EP!

Hey y’all – Our friend Puja released a new EP today! It’s available on all streaming platforms – give it a listen and show Puja some love! It’s their Birthday week so let’s make it extra special. 

You can learn more about this new release here: https://www.patreon.com/posts/we-made-it-ep-is-41242430

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September Updates and Discount Code

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Fat Kid Yoga-Book Club Starts Next Week!

I’m so excited to launch our book club next week! The first selection is Yoga Rising: 30 Empowering Stories from Yoga Renegades for Every Body edited by Melanie C. Klein. This collection includes essays by Jessamyn Stanley, Dianne Bondy, Jacoby Ballard, Jivana Heyman among other leaders in contemporary yoga.

Each week, I’ll post discussion prompts here in our Patreon community. We’ll also discuss the book during our community chats on September 9 and 23. Yoga Rising is available in paperback and e-book options through most bookstores. 

If you have suggestions for future books, send me a message or drop them in the comments below.

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What you listening to? Community Thread

Hey y’all – this is our bi-weekly community thread to share music, podcasts, and videos. 

I’ve been loving the Accessible Yoga Podcast. Last week’s episode with Nicole Cardoza was amazing, and I recommend it for everyone. 

I think you’ll also enjoy Michelle Cassandra Johnson’s TedX Presentation There is Not Neutral.

So, what are you listening to? Leave a comment and let us know!

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Back to School Challenge – Prizes

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Celebrate Yourself! Back to School Yoga Challenge – Day 7

Y’all, I can’t think of a better way to end our week than with Heather Small’s Proud. 

I’m keeping it simple today, so please leave a comment and let us know one thing you are proud of this week. As for me, I’m proud of myself for getting a new sign up system for my live classes figured out (in addition to starting a new semester and leading a yoga challenge this week lol). It’ll go live in September, but you can get a sneak peek here.

I hope you all have a great weekend, and for those of us on the Gulf Coast… stay safe!