Donna Noble is a woman on a mission to change the face of yoga. As the founder of CurveSomeYoga, her true passion and purpose is to make yoga more accessible and diverse to all body shapes. Donna’s main goal aims to express ‘every body is a yoga body’ by creating a greater connection to a society in order to fulfill a way to cultivate wellbeing and aim for greater body acceptance. She aims to make yoga accessible to individuals, which may benefit from its many healing and positive effects on the mind, body and soul, along with making it a gateway to help heal emotions within individuals and aims to be used as preventative medicine.
the Jupital had the opportunity to interview Donna about her vision, goals and ambitions on how yoga may truly benefit all.
What motivated you to start CurvesomeYoga?
I was motivated to start CurvesomeYoga after reading an article describing how a plus size yogi was either being stared at, maybe because she was the largest person in the class, and ignored by the teacher. The article was a challenge reading, however, motivated me to make a difference. I am pleased to say I felt driven to do something about this; hence CurveSomeYoga was born to make yoga more inclusive and to evolve the image.
What is your favourite part of teaching CurveSomeYoga?
Making yoga more accessible to individuals who may be challenged normally to start a yoga practice. Seeing the limits they the yogis have been governed by being challenged and when they realise their bodies are able to do yoga and achieve much more than they imagined. Also witnessing how the students transform invariably into more confident individuals who start to make productive changes in their every day lives.
How has yoga changed for the better since you started out?
Yoga has evolved since I started and now I am starting to see more diverse bodies on the yoga mat. Social media platforms like Instagram have empowered yogis to share their practice with the world and counter the balance of images we see in mainstream media.
How do you think CurveSomeYoga is able to help others?
CurveSomeYoga is able to help individuals who want to start their yoga journey in a safe and judgement-free space. Where they too may enjoy the many benefits of yoga which are able to help lead to self-acceptance and self-love. Also taking the skills they learn on their yoga mat into their every day life which may lead them to greater union with their minds and body and with the rest of society.
How might you like CurveSomeYoga to evolve further?
I want CurveSomeYoga to further help to evolve the image of yoga making it more diverse and inclusive. When we see different body types they eventually are to be normalised, in turn, helping us to appreciate and support body positive outcomes.
Donna is hosting a yoga weekend retreat in the beautiful secluded surroundings of Tilton House on the South Coast from 7 – 9 July 2017. The retreat is a body positive retreat. EveryBODY is welcome. Each guest may have the opportunity to practice at their own level making this weekend suitable for all levels.
Donna aims to cover many aspects of yoga postures, pranayama, meditation and relaxation. Click here for further information.
Donna runs classes in London and online along with running various yoga challenges. She is happy to talk to anyone who may be keen to make yoga more accessible and offer some free advice on the positive changes they are able to make by contacting her on firstname.lastname@example.org.