“The more we’re out there,” Carlin says, “the more people will learn I’m not a unicorn.”
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On the plus side
When the topic of plus-size classes recently came up online in a Washington area yoga instructor discussion group, Annie Carlin was surprised to read so many comments from people who dismissed the idea. “I think it’s easy to say something isn’t needed if you don’t need it,” she says.
One stat supporting her position? The number of programs for yogis who don’t fit the stick-figure mold. Beyond Carlin’s approach, which she calls Supportive Yoga (supportiveyoga.com), there’s Body Positive Yoga (bodypositiveyoga.com) out of Norfolk, HeavyWeight Yoga (heartfeltyoga.com) in Texas and New York’s Mega Yoga (megayoga.com). Big Yoga (bigyoga.net) founder Meera Kerr, who’s based in Michigan, offered a workshop in the District last summer. And Fat Yoga (fatyoga.org), a studio in Portland, Ore., has been making national headlines since it opened in January.