Watch the plus-size yoga instructor who is proving that you don’t need to be skinny to be fit
A plus-size yoga instructor is proving that you don’t need to be skinny to be fit.
23-year-old Maria Odugba first found yoga in 2014 and now, she is inspiring millions. Maria is helping people to accept their bodies through her Instagram and her blog.
According to Barcroft, she said: “When I first thought about doing yoga, my first thought on how people were was that everyone was skinny.”
“I was worried that I wasn’t going to fit in with the stereotype of a yoga person. And then I slowly started to realise, and do my research, that there are a lot of other people out there that aren’t skinny who do yoga and are very good at it.”
“I never thought in a million years that my body would be doing what it’s capable of doing.”
Maria was diagnosed with Polycystic Ovarian Syndrome when she was 13. Ever since she has been trying to lose weight.
Maria said: “I’ve been overweight my whole life, ever since I was a kid and my dad owned a pizza restaurant. I didn’t actually have an oven in my house until I was probably 15, so everything I ate came from a restaurant.”
She has lost 20st 7lbs and is now a Yoga instructor.
She said: “Having those issues I want to prove that I can do this even though everything is against me.When I started, I weighed about 410 pounds. I didn’t at first expect to yoga to help me lose weight, but I try to tell people that yoga is the hardest thing that I do.
It’s the biggest work out for me.”
“Yoga has taught me that you don’t have to be one size to succeed in something to do something. It’s definitely built a lot of self-confidence in myself. I do think it’s a big part of my weight loss.”
“I kind of sprouted out of my little cocoon and I became able to walk around with my chest held high, because for a long time I just wanted to not be seen, I wanted to wear bigger clothes and hide. So overall it has made me happy.”
“I do believe that everybody should be healthy, that doesn’t mean you have to be skinny.
I just want to be happy and healthy for me so I can live longer and spend time with my family.There are teenage girls out there, teenage boys too, that come to me and they’re like oh my god, ‘I’m overweight can you help me, I get bullied can you help me?’”
“And these are people, who ten years ago I was them and I had nobody to help me. So being able to help those people have been my proudest moment. I just wish more people knew that it is possible, plus size people can get out there and make their lives healthier.”
“Yoga is the best thing that has ever happened to me. It’s not just a hobby, it’s allowed me to open new doors that I never thought were possible for me.”