What do you do when you have big women in your class?
I currently have a lady who has a large build and enjoyed the barre work but when we come down to the floor doesn’t feel she is achieving in exercises like the 100. Now personally I fully understand how she feels as I was a size 24 when I tried yoga and totally hated it due to not being able to do the moves properly. I have done side lying and seated moves which is she ok with but I am feeling less creative when we are supine or prone. Do you have any suggestions at how I can make her feel more part of the class? I used the mat under the body for the 100 to help her curl and it was a disaster (use strictly voice LOL)
Firstly I Love the Strictly voice!! The questions I would ask myself are
Regardless of size and shape many clients struggle with exercises like the 100 due to inflexibility in the spine and strength, so firstly could be due to these but you have tried a supported spinal flexion and this did not help so…..
Is it that she struggles to flex in 100, one leg stretch etc, due to her size restricting the amount she can curl forwards and therefore she strains the neck and restricts breathing?
If so let her keep the head down, with support under head and squeeze a circle or mini ball to create a strong centre connection so that she still feels the benefit of the movement.
Is it difficult to bring the knees up above the hips?
If this is the case (and again this can happen to clients of any size or shape) it is due to the load of lifting both legs up being too much for the strength of the centre. She may need to stay with one leg lifted only or try with 2 but keep resting once she feels she loses alignment and the low back feels compromised due to the spine being pulled out of alignment by the weight of the legs. Another option is that you can support the weight of the legs by resting them on a chair or ball or feet against a wall. Over time gradually lighten the the legs until she can hold the position without the support.