‘I didn’t think it was for curvy people like me, now I know it’s for everyone’: why yoga has room for all shapes and sizes

Humera Hashmi believed you had to be ultra-slim and flexible to get the most out of the ancient art. Now an instructor herself, she explains why she changed her mind

Before I took up yoga seriously six years ago, I thought it was something that only ultra slim, flexible people could do. I never imagined that someone like me — a fit and healthy size 12 woman with big breasts, short arms and limited flexibility — could become someone who practises yoga regularly. If you’d told me when I was a teenager that I would one day train to become a yogi (or yoga instructor) and end up teaching others, I’d never have believed you.

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