Are You Doing Yoga Wrong?

Folly Beach Island Yoga Fitness Headstand Tripod going up

Tonight this article

India’s oldest yogini says you’re doing yoga wrong if you’re working up a sweat

was shared in a yoga teacher group that I participate in and a debate was sparked whether the opinion of the author was right or wrong.

Here are my thoughts: we’re all on different points of our yoga journey. I turned to yoga to lose postpartum “baby” weight after having my children and gaining excessive amounts of weight during pregnancy. Then again years later I turned to it again after trauma entered my life. The sweating was a necessary step to getting to a more mindful practice and back to yoga / life. It built the endurance and strength I needed mentally and emotionally at the same time as working up a sweat. Clarity inevitably seems to come to me when I work the hardest at my practice. In fact on days when I’m really struggling with being a “perfect yogi” 😂you’ll probably find me working on an arm balance that I’m trying to master.

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Yoga and Weight Loss

Weight Loss Yoga Post Partum Folly Beach Island

This was a particularly tough share for me, but one that I have promised myself that I would share someday from the very beginning of my yoga and weight loss journey to help others who found themselves in the same situation…

The picture on the left side was approximately 6 months after I gave birth to our oldest son. At less than 5’4 tall the extra 104 pounds were literally and figurately weighing me down. I could barely keep up with my child and felt uncomfortable and unhealthy in my own skin. Since the picture on the left Matt and I have had 2 more children, and I’ve gained and lost another 90 and 60 pounds respectively–for a total of over 250 pounds lost (plus some) over the years!

The picture on the right was taken this past Thursday–BY the baby in the photo on the left!!

Yoga and a (reasonably) healthy diet were the biggest keys in my weight loss–and they can be for you too. If you are in the Charleston, SC area chedule a private yoga lesson with us, or plan a few minutes to talk before or after one of our public classes on the beach at Folly Beach, Kiawah Island, or upstairs at St. James Gate Irish Pub on weekends. You will never find a bigger supporter than someone who has stood in your shoes before!





Yoga for Postpartum Weight Loss

Weight Loss Yoga Post Partum Folly Beach IslandFollowing a difficult pregnancy in my early 20s I found myself significantly overweight, weighing 220 pounds at almost 5’4″. I was unhappy, unhealthy, and discovering how truly difficult losing weight after pregnancy can be!

A 104 pound weight loss later gave me a second chance at life–without the use of surgery or pills.

I feel very strongly that yoga, when practiced regularly, is one of the most effective exercises to rejuvenating your body, losing weight, and feeling empowered and strong after the birth of a child. Regardless of whether you practice at home or join us at Folly Beach Island Yoga, yoga will tone the entire body. The abdominal wall is toned from the inside as well as out. This leads toward a flatter, firmer stomach as those abs begin to act as a girdle pulling inward. Arms are naturally toned in the holding and transitioning between poses with additional sculpting of the glutes (butt) and thighs. It also helps you to shave visual weight off by improving your posture naturally.

Although I tried to carefully keep my weight in check during my subsequent pregnancies, the truth is that with the next two babies I gained 90 and 60 pounds respectively…oops. Thankfully I’d had some practice with losing weight–ha! I say this because it’s so easy to get intimidated in this world of airbrushed fitness models and plastic surgery. Start where you are. You don’t need to be able to bend yourself into a pretzel or be an Instagram star to begin this journey. Yoga should never be intimidating, and it should be a very personal and achievable experience.

Interested in a postpartum specific yoga experience? Contact me for a private yoga training phone consultation.



Folly Beach Island Yoga Seaside Charleston Private Teacher Jenny Stevens

*The opinions expressed on this website and not intended as medical diagnosis or treatment advice. You should consult with a medical doctor to determine if you are ready and able to begin any fitness or weight loss regime.