One glance at Dana Falsetti and you probably wouldn’t think she regularly practices yoga. Because when you envision a yoga body, it’s easy to think of a lean, mean, bendy machine. But those are just preconceived notions of what one should look like — and what the body can do.
Frustrated with hitting her heaviest weight ever — 300 pounds — Falsetti reduced her portion sizes and regularly hit the gym. She dropped 70 pounds but she still wasn’t happy and, worse, she didn’t feel any different. So she decided to try something new: a yoga class.
“I went into it feeling like, ‘I just lost all this weight! I feel super strong now!'” Falsetti told People magazine. “I did go into the class thinking it wasn’t going to be that bad. And it definitely did not go that way.”
She recalled: “First of all, I was definitely the biggest person in the room, and I had gone in expecting that, because that’s just been the reality of my life. So I was the biggest person in in the room and also a beginner, and I remember looking around the room, and we’re doing down dog pose which is supposed to be this resting pose, and I remember it not feeling like that at all for me, my shoulders weren’t strong enough to support me and I didn’t have flexibility, it was so uncomfortable.”
But she stuck it out, and eventually, with each class, Falsetti’s inhibitions and concerns about her body slowly disappeared.
“I spent my whole life thinking of my body as a problem, and that was limiting everything else in my life. As I kept practicing I thought that my belly was too big or my thighs got in the way, and then they slowly start to go away. And all these limits were ones that I was making up for myself.”
Falsetti is now a yoga instructor, travelling the U.S. to teach classes that focus on body-positive fundamentals. She also inspires her 120,000 followers on Instagram with her jaw-dropping poses and her encouraging words. Dana is strong, beautiful, she’s a believer in all bodies and all she wants to do is what makes her happy, hoping to encourage others to have the same mindset.
Wow. Just… WOW.